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The Georgetown Current

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Vol. XXVI, No. 28

Serving Burleith, Foxhall, Georgetown, Georgetown Reservoir & Glover Park

Georgetown runoff effort dropped


■ Environment: Residents

had feared project’s impacts

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Controversial plans to add permeable pavement to some Georgetown streets have been postponed indefinitely as the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority focuses its efforts on Burleith and Glover Park,

agency officials told community leaders last week. DC Water’s “green infrastructure” work, aimed at reducing stormwater runoff, involves converting some alleys and parking lanes into permeable surfaces, and constructing vegetated curb extensions. But Georgetown community leaders have pushed back against the plans, with concerns about construction disruptions and impacts to the area’s historic aes-

thetic, along with doubts the project would yield significant environmental benefits. “This is one of the situations where there was some dispute, but it appears … that we have a winwin situation for both DC Water and the neighborhood,” said Rick Murphy, a member of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E (Georgetown, Burleith). DC Water is operating under a See Green/Page 12

Agency adopts concept for boathouses By MARK LIEBERMAN Current Staff Writer

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The British International School of Washington hosted Jim Plunkett-Cole — a runner from the United Kingdom who is emulating fictional character Forrest Gump’s cross-country runs — on Tuesday morning. As an adult with Asperger’s syndrome, Plunkett-Cole hopes to inspire young people to overcome personal challenges.

A long-gestating plan to build new non-motorized boathouses along the Potomac riverfront in Georgetown was finalized Monday by the National Park Service, though detailed design and implementation remain a long way off. The Park Service has essentially formalized an iteration of the plan presented to the community last summer, which establishes a maximum development envelope for possible facilities. With this overview in place, the next step is to create detailed designs for each piece and seek community feedback, agency spokesperson Jeremy Barnum told The Current. He couldn’t provide a detailed timeline or estimated cost for the project, but finalizing the initial plans represents “significant progress,” he wrote in an email. “What we have to do now is reach out to the variSee Waterfront/Page 5

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Plans call for expanded Potomac River access.

Foxhall farmhouse gets landmark designation

Walter Reed project facing hurdle in attracting grocery


■ Development: Ward 4 law

Current Staff Writer

An 1865 Foxhall farmhouse was designated a historic landmark on Thursday, providing another obstacle to property owners who are hoping to build a new home on the property. The Historic Preservation Review Board was unanimous in its decision that the two-story, 1,600-square-foot Scheele-Brown house at 2207 Foxhall Road NW is historically significant. Chantal Attias and Andreas Kotzur purchased the property in 2013 for $1 million in hopes of replacing the farmhouse with a new home for themselves, their two children and Attias’ elderly mother. The board has reviewed the farmhouse several times since December 2014, but preservation concerns have repeatedly upended the couple’s plans.

restricts new alcohol licenses By BRADY HOLT Brian Kapur/The Current

The owners of 2207 Foxhall Road want to relocate the 1865 farmhouse to construct a new home.

In September 2015, the preservation board approved a plan to demolish a non-historic part of the structure and relocate the rest 12 feet west and 40 feet north, making room for the family to build their home. But at Thursday’s board hearing, Attias and her architects indicated they’ve abandoned that plan and are now anxious for another option. They repeatedly implored the board to grant them the ability to See Farmhouse/Page 12

Current Staff Writer

In Ward 4, community leaders years ago mounted a successful campaign to block new licenses for off-premises alcohol sales in their neighborhoods. But the restriction is now complicating efforts to attract a full-service supermarket to the city’s muchtouted redevelopment of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus.

The District paid the federal government $22 million for 66 acres of the 110-acre property last fall, with plans to transform it into The Parks at Walter Reed: a mixed-use community intended to enliven this section of the Georgia Avenue NW corridor. Among other elements, the proposal by the city’s development team — a collaboration by the Hines, Urban Atlantic and Triden firms — calls for a large grocery store. Whole Foods and Wegmans both publicly expressed interest in the site for several years, though Wegmans dropped out of contenSee Grocery/Page 5





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Vacant union hall in Glover Park eyed for dental facility By KATHERINE SALTZMAN Current Correspondent

The former union hall at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Calvert Street NW may become a dental facility, under preliminary plans presented last week at a Glover Park community meeting. The property’s prospective buyer is Lawrence Singer — an oral surgeon at George Washington University Hospital specializing in trauma dentistry, who is also the director of Alexandria’s TMJ & Sleep Therapy Center. His vision for the 2461

Wisconsin Ave. building is a medical facility for holistic, integrated dental and related surgery and reconstruction. Because the property is residentially zoned, despite not have being used for residential purposes in the past, the project would require approval by the Board of Zoning Adjustment. Glover Park’s ANC 3B and the neighboring ANC 3C would weigh in on the application. Though Singer hasn’t solidified the property purchase, he said he would maintain the building infrastructure and consider leasing the bottom floor for community use.

The week ahead Thursday, Feb. 16

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Mayor’s Offices on African Affairs, African American Affairs and Latino Affairs will host a celebration of Black History Month at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. The Admission is free; to RSVP, visit ■ The Office of the State Superintendent of Education and the State Board of Education will hold a community meeting for residents in Ward 4 to provide input on an initial draft of D.C.’s state education plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Barnard Elementary School, 430 Decatur St. NW. For more information or to register, visit

Tuesday, Feb. 21

The Chevy Chase Citizens Association will highlight arts in the neighborhood with its second annual evening of youth talent and performances. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The Foggy Bottom Association will hold a community meeting to discuss proposals for a helipad at George Washington University Hospital. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 223, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

DC Solar United Neighborhoods (DC SUN) will host an information session on its new solar co-op residents and businesses in Georgetown, Burleith and Hillandale, as well as interested members of neighboring communities. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. To RSVP, visit ■ The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold its regular meeting, which will include a “Community Dialogue” with U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Forest Hills of DC, 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Thursday, Feb. 23

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ Mayor Muriel Bowser will host a Budget Engagement Forum in Ward 3 to solicit public input about the administration’s priorities and investments. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. To register, visit ■ The Ward 3-Wilson Feeder Education Network will meet at 6:45 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The speaker will be Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, with discussion focusing on overcrowding in Wilson feeder schools and possible solutions. ■ The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold a membership meeting on how to start or curate a home art collection. A reception at 7 p.m. will precede the program at 7:30 p.m.; the event will be held at DTR Modern Galleries, 2820 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Reservations are required due to limited space; to RSVP, contact

Monday, Feb. 27

Mayor Muriel Bowser will host a Budget Engagement Forum in Ward 1. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th St. NW. To register, visit

Tuesday, Feb. 28

The Foggy Bottom Association will hold its monthly meeting with guest speaker Azar Nafisi, author of “The Republic of Imagination,” “Things I’ve Been Silent About” and “Reading Lolita in Tehran.” The meeting will also feature a presentation by Jake Stroman, vice president of development for Boston Properties, on preliminary plans to develop 2100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW and Rice Hall for George Washington University. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in Suite 200W, 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will hold a membership meeting to consider resolutions regarding the proposed outdoor pool at Hearst Park. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the community room at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW.

The facility would likely be shared with three other physicians, including a podiatrist and physical therapists, he said. But the plans aren’t yet finalized, Singer emphasized. “I wanted to talk to the community first. What would make this good for your community?” he asked at ANC 3B’s Feb. 9 meeting. ANC 3B members and other attendees expressed general support for Singer’s concept, though they weren’t yet prepared for a formal vote of support. “We can’t make a final determination until we see your final plan,” said ANC 3B chair Jackie Blumenthal.

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An oral surgeon hopes to turn the vacant union hall into a medical facility. Blumenthal also raised concerns about potential parking overflow, though Singer said the on-site parking would be enough to See Glover/Page 5

House panel votes to block local D.C. law By CUNEYT DIL

Current Correspondent

The U.S. House committee that has oversight over the District’s affairs passed a resolution on Monday evening to block the city’s assisted suicide bill from becoming law. The 22-14 vote fell almost entirely along party lines and provoked a backlash from local leaders and demonstrators who rallied outside. In a statement, Mayor Muriel Bowser called the move “egregious” and said it “has sent a signal to D.C. residents that Congress has zero respect or concern for their will or the will of their elected officials.” The chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, cited constitutional authority afforded to Congress in overseeing the District’s laws as justification for blocking the bill. Known as “death with dignity,”

the measure would allow terminally ill patients the option to end their lives with the approval of two independent physicians. It passed the D.C. Council in November after months of contentious debate. Like most permanent legislation approved by the D.C. Council and mayor, the bill has been subject to congressional review for 30 legislative days. And now, with the House committee having acted, the disapproval resolution has until the end of the week to clear the full House and Senate, and President Donald Trump would have to add his signature by Feb. 18 to successfully block the law. Only three times in District history has the federal government overturned a city law, according to Beverly Perry, a top aide to Mayor Muriel Bowser. Perry said she hopes the Senate won’t take up the resolution. “The Senate is a little less inter-

ested in our business than the House,” she said. The sole Republican who voted to let the District’s law stand was California Rep. Darrell Issa, a former chair of the House oversight committee. He said that while he personally did not support assisted suicide, his vote was guided solely by his conclusion that the District did not “exceed its Home Rule mandate” in passing the law. The other representative to break party lines was Jim Cooper, a Democrat from Tennessee who voted to overturn the District’s law. Committee members spoke for an hour before voting. Chaffetz and other House Republicans spoke of their moral opposition to assisted suicide. Some Democrats, despite opposing the practice, said overturning the law would undermine the District’s autonomy. “We should not sit here as a super city council,” said Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin, who repreSee Congress/Page 30

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ous partners who are interested in this and go from there,â&#x20AC;? he said in an interview. The agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal, generated after several rounds of backand-forth with community stakeholders, would allow a three-story, 13,800-square-foot boathouse between the waterfront park and the Key Bridge; a three-story boathouse of between 3,600 and 7,200 square feet just west of the bridge; a two-story, 6,000-squarefoot boathouse between the Potomac Boat Club and Washington Canoe Club; and a canoe/ kayak launch area beyond the canoe club that could include a 2,700-square-foot storage building. The proposal doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include any architectural plans for the buildings, which will require extensive review at the local and federal level when they become available. The plan also proposes altering the streetscape near the entrance to the Capital Crescent Trail on Water Street, with two travel lanes and a shared bike lane, as well as a 30-foot-radius cul-de-sac and between 26 and 36 parking spaces. The D.C. Department of Transportation would be responsible for implementing this portion. As a further aspect of the work, the Capital Crescent Trail would be widened to 10 feet and continued on the south side of Water Street, connecting it to Georgetown Waterfront Park. Other planned upgrades include an expanded kayak rental facility and a rehabilitation of the condemned Washington Canoe Club building, 3700 Water St. NW. Community leaders have been supportive of the prospect of new boathouses overall but circumspect about various particulars. Bob vom Eigen, president of Citizens Association of Georgetown, told The Current he remains skeptical that the Park Service will find the funding for these projects and uncertain that the planned boathouses will revitalize the riverfront area to the degree the agency is promising. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not clear that the growing

community is going to embrace the highly rigid design that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve concocted,â&#x20AC;? vom Eigen said. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frustrated that the Park Service doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear open to substantially revising its plans, though the agency has said particulars could change as the design progress. For its part, Georgetown University is â&#x20AC;&#x153;grateful to the Park Service for its leadership on this important effort to expand public access to the riverâ&#x20AC;? and plans to stay active in future discussions of the boathouse project, according to spokesperson Rachel Pugh. George Washington University didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond to a request for comment in time for publication. In August, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E (Georgetown, Burleith) urged the Park Service not to let a large boathouse interfere with views of the river and the Key Bridge. Commissioners havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had a chance to review the latest update, chair Joe Gibbons told The Current on Tuesday, but ANC 2E will be closely monitoring the impact on traffic from this project and others happening simultaneously in that area, he said. Meanwhile, C&O Canal Association first vice president Rod Mackler remains pleased with the progress on the project after years of delays. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s particularly enthusiastic about the prospect of revitalizing the vacant lot west of the waterfront park and improving safety for pedestrians at the Water Street entrance to the trail. He shares ANC 2Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preliminary concerns about oversized boathouses, though. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a lot yet to be designed and done as the design phase comes about. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re keeping an eye on those things, whether the boathouses grow and become disproportionate to the Washington waterfront,â&#x20AC;? Mackler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Generally speaking weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re positive about this document.â&#x20AC;? The Georgetown Business Improvement District is also optimistic about the plans and looks forward to contributing further to them, according to president and CEO Joe Sternlieb.




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accommodate the small practice he envisions. Singer said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;when all the pieces fit togetherâ&#x20AC;? for the logistics and financials, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be ready to proceed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year would be great, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be too optimistic,â&#x20AC;? he said. The 2461 Wisconsin Ave. NW building, a former International Union of Operating Engineers (Local 99) training facility, had previously been eyed as a potential home for a charter school. Although ANC

3B members supported the idea in 2014, the Shining Stars Montessori Academy was prepared only to lease the building, not purchase it, and the union decided that a lease created too many liability concerns. Shining Stars instead temporarily leased space in Lamond Riggs, though the school in the past expressed hopes of coming to Glover Park within a couple of years. A school spokesperson told The Current this week that officials recently executed a 10-year lease near Catholic University and are no longer pursuing the Wisconsin Avenue space.

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tion last summer, saying it couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reach an agreement with the development team. Community members had said a supermarket was a priority when the city was crafting general development concepts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has always been part of the vision for this site, since before we were even engaged,â&#x20AC;? Urban Atlantic spokesperson Caroline Kenney said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There has consistently been strong interest from grocers in the site, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been having discussions with multiple from the very beginning.â&#x20AC;? But Kenney said the interest comes with a caveat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For a grocer to be able to make the economics of a new store work, they need to be able to sell beer and wine,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a real hurdle in attracting a full-service grocer.â&#x20AC;? Unlike a normal license application that would go before the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, any business requesting permission to sell alcohol in Ward 4 for off-premises consumption â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a liquor store or grocery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would need the D.C. Council to amend its law. That could come either as a relaxation of the broad-

er law or a specific exemption. Steve Whatley, chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A, said most of his constituents arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t concerned about high-quality supermarkets selling alcohol. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The problem is that some of the smaller ones sell alcohol but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell bread and bacon and that kind of thing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the community doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want any more of,â&#x20AC;? said Whatley, who was also involved in advising on the Parks at Walter Reed development plans. (In addition to the Walter Reed campus, ANC 4A includes Colonial Village, Crestwood, Shepherd Park, northern 16th Street Heights and western Brightwood.) Whatley pointed to the Giant Food in Ward 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedral Commons as an example of a supermarket that successfully sells alcohol, even letting customers drink while they shop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Walter Reed, we want to have the same amenities and good things that they have in Chevy Chase, Tenley, Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? said Whatley. Whatley said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s optimistic that the Walter Reed project will achieve its grocery store. A spokesperson for Ward 4 D.C. Council member Brandon Todd told The

Current he shares that goal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Councilmember Todd is aware of this issue and is in close coordination with ANC 4A,â&#x20AC;? spokesperson Josh Fleitman wrote in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is committed to smart, inclusive economic development that strengthens communities, and he will do everything in his power to move forward the redevelopment of Walter Reed.â&#x20AC;? If the liquor license issue is resolved, Kenney said the most likely spot for a large supermarket would be in the northern section of the campus, between Dahlia and Elder streets NW within a planned commercial center. More broadly, the Parks at Walter Reed project includes 3.1 million square feet of new construction or repurposed historic buildings along Georgia Avenue between Aspen and Fern streets NW, and along Aspen east to 16th Street. This area will include new homes, commercial space and public facilities, as well as preserved green areas. Efforts planned for this year include protecting historic buildings, constructing and repairing utility lines, and demolishing the 1970s hospital.

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Ensuring safety

Drivers who frequently travel north on Connecticut Avenue know just where to hit the brakes and observe the 30 mph speed limit with extra attention: the Maryland border. As Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh recently observed, Chevy Chase, Md., is lined with speed cameras — ensuring that drivers slow down and stay slow, compared to the more sporadic enforcement on D.C. streets. Ensuring safe travel conditions is a key topic in D.C., which has adopted the Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024. As part of the strategy for achieving this goal, the city is proposing a range of increased penalties for speeding and various other infractions committed by drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Council member Cheh says she’s opposed to the higher fines, questioning whether the D.C. Department of Transportation has any evidence that the specific proposed penalties would be necessary and effective deterrents against unsafe behavior. We’d add that steep fines are disproportionately burdensome on low-income and fixed-income residents. That said, the District continues to suffer from serious traffic incidents. And even in cases where no one is hurt, speeding vehicles can intimidate other users of the road, making them feel unsafe if they venture into certain parts of their city, their neighborhood and even their block. So we do feel that high fines for serious violations — such as traveling more than 25 mph over the speed limit, or colliding with a pedestrian while bicycling on the sidewalk — are appropriate responses to unsafe behavior. However, like Council member Cheh, we would like to see evidence from the Transportation Department that raising the fines actually will improve matters on our streets, perhaps based on the results of similar actions in comparable jurisdictions. The emphasis should be on improving safety, not simply raising revenue. We also agree with the council member that certainty of enforcement — like in Chevy Chase, Md. — is more effective than occasional, scattered cameras. And we agree with AAA Mid-Atlantic that additional enforcement by police officers, rather than simply cameras, would address dangerous driving as it occurs, rather than relying on a ticket that arrives weeks later by mail. We look forward to seeing how various city agencies collaborate to ensure that the latest proposals advance the District’s traffic safety.

Community resources

It’s easy for a public facility to fall into a vicious cycle. If few residents use the amenity, its budget becomes hard to justify and its services are reduced — so then it’s appealing to even fewer residents than before. Accordingly, we’re impressed by the efforts by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G (Chevy Chase) to poll its residents on the Chevy Chase Community Center. With their upcoming poll on the center’s services, ANC 3/4G members and other interested volunteers are planning to reach a large and diverse group of residents — including those in a position to explain why they currently don’t use the large Department of Parks and Recreation facility. It makes sense that Chevy Chase residents would have the best insights about their own community center. The same likely applies to other neighborhoods across the city. In a recent example, Glover Park’s Guy Mason Recreation Center had seen low Sunday usage before the parks department eliminated its Sunday hours — perhaps a sensible decision on paper, but one that neighbors argue stemmed from limits on Sunday programming. The department had cited a need for consistency with the schedules at its other facilities, but we’d like to see the mayor and D.C. Council find ways to ensure that programs and hours are tailored to specific communities. In our view, the city ought to set up community panels that would collect residents’ input and pass along advice to the parks department. Such an approach would make it easier for the agency to learn what interests users — and prospective users — at a given location, in order to make more informed decisions about programming and renovations. A community panel could be an expanded role for existing organizations — such as the Friends of Guy Mason, or ANC 3/4G’s committee reviewing the Chevy Chase Community Center. We’d encourage the District to create a pilot program evaluating the effectiveness of this community panel model. And given Guy Mason’s concerns about Sunday hours, plans for extensive renovations at Chevy Chase, and the level of community activism that already surrounds these two facilities, we think they’d be two excellent candidates to be part of such a pilot program.

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A bad lesson … ?


hen is it a good time for a city official to scurry in a back door to avoid reporters? We’re asking for a friend. Not just to avoid them, but declining even to turn a head to acknowledge them standing a foot behind you, calling your name. New D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson did that Friday morning at the Jefferson Academy, a public middle school in Southwest near Arena Stage. But the drama was on the school parking lot and 7th Street SW. Wilson has been on the job just two weeks. His governing style and sensitivity to public relations remain unknown to the local media. But his cone-of-silence disappearing act was a surprise. Why he didn’t take a a brief moment to pause was mystifying. In an interview Tuesday with NBC4, Wilson acknowledged ignoring the reporters, saying he was focused on going into the school. And surprisingly, he said he’s kind of shy. “I am an introvert and so it doesn’t mean I don’t love interacting with people, I do,” he told us. “But I gain energy from being able to reflect.” Being an introvert can risk the danger of seeming cold and uncaring. Wilson insists that doesn’t fit him. He misses his family, who won’t join him from Oakland, Calif., until June. In our interview, he revealed he has many heroes and mentors, but his father is not one of them. “Well, my father wasn’t there. So my mother did a tremendous job of being a mother and a father in so many different ways,” he said. Wilson says his background helps him understand young people distracted by their family lives. And last Friday, perhaps Wilson was distracted going into Jefferson because he was there to greet Betsy DeVos, the new U.S. education secretary, making her first public appearance after being narrowly confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Vice President Mike Pence had to cast a vote to break the 50-50 tie that nearly doomed her appointment. It was the first time a vice president has had to cast a vote for any cabinet nominee. Besides the press, a noisy crowd of parents, retired teachers and union officials along 7th Street was “welcoming” DeVos. She has a history of favoring private and charter schools, making critics wonder what she’ll do for traditional public schools other than undermine them. Democratic senators said during hearings she showed no understanding of public school law or policy. Republicans said she’s perfect for shaking up federal education policies, challenging teachers’ unions and returning education issues to states — as well as possibly dismantling the federal agency.

The demonstrators blocked her from entering one Jefferson door, but she made it through another. After the demonstrators had left for their own jobs and family obligations, both DeVos and Wilson stepped outside and briefly spoke in generalities to the reporters still hanging around. But the lesson for the day is not the national fight over DeVos, but the path ahead for Wilson. It’s good that he pledged to visit every school. On Friday he might have been yelled at by protesters had he stopped outside, but they weren’t there against him. He could have calmly said it’s important for the District to have contact with top federal officials, agree with the policies or not. But the lesson of Friday was that Wilson avoided his own constituents to huddle with DeVos. The news of the day, and the TV video, was of a chancellor who ducked his school community and the media. ■ By the way. The DeVos visit — the part about her being blocked by demonstrators — made national news. So how did it even come about? The school system would not publicly comment, neither confirming the visit the night before nor publicly answering questions about it on Friday. The media did learn that DeVos’ aides had called the chancellor’s office, inquiring about visiting a city school. The same sources say Wilson was already scheduled to visit Jefferson on Friday and DeVos was invited to join him. Again, the school system hasn’t officially commented, so we don’t know officially if that, in fact, is what happened. Fortunately, a spokesperson for the federal Education Department confirmed that agency initiated the contact. Openness is always better. ■ “Our kids are not ‘props.’” That’s what one of many signs read at Friday’s demonstration. Unfortunately, the students are props. Every White House occupant has rounded up D.C. schoolchildren for this or that publicity stunt. Mayor Muriel Bowser has her own problems with DeVos, but she told NBC4 the students do get exposure to the larger world of the White House through those events. But what exposure would our children get if city officials, from the mayor and chancellor on down, took a stand? Our children, those officials might say, will be glad to stand behind you when you recognize them as real American citizens whose families deserve the right to be heard and represented in Congress. Those same children and families also would say they deserve to have Congress butt out of essentially local affairs in our city. Now, that would be a real-life lesson. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR City hasn’t listened on Oregon projects

During the discussions at the Jan. 23 meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G, it became obvious that progress toward rehabilitating Oregon Avenue NW has been haphazard and disappointing at best [“Oregon Ave. rehabilitation still delayed,” Jan. 25]. The coordination of the DC Water project and that of reconstructing Oregon Avenue was mentioned repeatedly as a challenging issue. In fact, the possi-

ble split of the construction contract for the Oregon Avenue rehabilitation into two parts will most certainly result in higher costs to the taxpayer. After numerous postponements over the years, one wonders why the DC Water project could not be completed before the rehabilitation of Oregon Avenue begins, so that one continuous contract for rehabilitating Oregon Avenue would result in lower overall costs. Many of us are seriously concerned about the number of mature trees that will be cut down as part of the project. Although this concern has been expressed repeatedly during previous meetings, the D.C.

Department of Transportation has offered only vague affirmations that the number of trees to be cut down would be kept to a minimum — without indicating what criteria would be used to balance the requirements for reconstructing the road, and maintaining and protecting the tree canopy in this area. Having attended several Oregon Avenue meetings, one comes away with the conclusion that authorities in charge of the project may not yet have a clear idea about how to implement it — and that the feedback provided by citizens is not always taken seriously. Ulrich Hewer Chevy Chase

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Shelter proponents shielded from impact

In regard to The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 8 article on the proposed homeless facility on Idaho Avenue NW, I want to point out that almost all of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ward 3 for Allâ&#x20AC;? people do not live in the neighborhood around the shelter. Many of them live one or two miles away and conveniently are for this shelter in this location because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it in their neighborhood! If you were to walk around McLean Gardens during the day on a Saturday or Sunday when people are out walking their dogs or out with their kids, you would find the vast majority of people against this gargantuan structure for many serious and valid reasons. We are being ignored by our elected officials. Something is rotten here, and we need to get to the truth of this. This shelter at the very least needs to be put on hold so proper studies can be done. Next step: asking the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for help. Louise Filkins McLean Gardens

Library should keep archives available

The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 8 article â&#x20AC;&#x153;City finalizes schedule for MLK Library renovationsâ&#x20AC;? does not do justice to how important the Washingtoniana Collection is to preserving local history and keeping it accessible to its many users. The collection is now open regular hours and in one location â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Martin Luther King. Jr. Memorial Library downtown. This site is generally convenient for the Washingtoniana Collectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s users, including professional researchers as well as homeowners, preservationists, academics, hobbyists and all others with an interest in our local past. This collection can also be the foundation for a D.C. history center that D.C. Public Library director Richard Reyes-Gavilan has talked about. Unfortunately, as the story describes, the library system plans to scatter the collection for the next three years to three locations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Historical Society of Washington, the Library of Congress and the Georgetown Library â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while MLK is renovated. The hours and availability of materials will also be restricted. An appeal for full interim Washingtoniana access, supported by a working group, has been made multiple times, in multiple venues: 1) in an August letter,

now with some 50 signatures, to the library systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trustees and director; 2) in a resolution of support from the Ward 3 Democrats; 3) in a question to Mayor Muriel Bowser at a Ward 3 Democrats meeting that also pointed out how important Washingtoniana is to the D.C. statehood movement; and 4) in a question from Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh to Reyes-Gavilan at the council/ mayor breakfast last week. Director Reyes-Gavilan has rebuffed all these full-access requests with the mistaken assertion that â&#x20AC;&#x153;we think we have what people needâ&#x20AC;? and that it would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;fiscally irresponsibleâ&#x20AC;? to spend money on â&#x20AC;&#x153;space we would need for only three years.â&#x20AC;? The Washingtoniana Collection is the best current historical resource in the D.C. government and thus has a unique obligation to the public and to the cultural life of the District. It is therefore hard to understand why the library system rejects the full-access appeal and offer to advocate for Washingtoniana. However, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not too late to start working toward the full-access goal and an even better Washingtoniana. Bill Rice Member, Friends of the DC Archives

Cutting 37 bus route would hurt access

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority should not cut the 37 Metrobus route in its final fiscal year 2018 budget [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riders decry proposed 37 bus cut,â&#x20AC;? Feb. 1]. As Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve expressed to general manager Paul Wiedefeld, the 37 Metrobus route provides an essential service to a number of Ward 3 neighborhoods that already suffer from limited transit options, and its continuation is supported by the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own data. Currently, the average number of riders on a given weekday on the 37 stands at 599; for reference, Metroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guideline threshold for elimination consideration is 432. Moreover, Metro calculates that average riders per trip on the 37 is 27.2, more than double the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own guideline of 10.7. Finally, â&#x20AC;&#x153;riders per revenue mileâ&#x20AC;? (the number of passengers multiplied by distance traveled) is 4.1, much higher than the Metrobus minimum of 1.3 passengers. The proposed discontinuation of the 37 line also fails to take into account the lack of alternative options for residents of Glover Park and Massachusetts Avenue Heights, many of whom depend on this bus for travel to work. Although Metro proposes that affected individuals may use the Wisconsin Avenue 30 buses

and the D1 and D2 routes in lieu of the 37, service on the D routes during snow is often discontinued and the 30 buses are plagued by overcrowding and delays due to congestion on M Street. Nor is there any prospect of additional DC Circulator service to relieve the gap in transit options that the elimination of the 37 would create. Although the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own metrics support this extension, the agency has indefinitely delayed extending bus service up Wisconsin Avenue to the Washington National Cathedral. Moreover, those neighborhoods along the Wisconsin Avenue corridor that are not serviced by Metrorail are forced to depend exclusively on transit service that is inadequate and unreliable. The proposed elimination of the 37 bus would be yet another example of transit services in Glover Park being discontinued, even in the face of evidence indicating that the route enjoys favorable ridership metrics. Mary M. Cheh D.C. Council member, Ward 3

Express bus serves vital community need

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m writing in hopes of saving Metroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 37 express bus route [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riders decry proposed 37 bus cut,â&#x20AC;? Feb. 1]. One more reason to save the 37 bus is that the Pennsylvania Avenue bridge between 25th and 33rd streets NW is expected to be closed soon for extensive repairs. This closure will cause a detour to the M Street bridge and massive delays on the three other 30 bus lines that travel along Wisconsin Avenue through Georgetown to Pennsylvania Avenue. The 37 express bus route, which operates only on weekdays during rush hour, was established to relieve the number of passengers and increase the on-time performance of the other 30 bus lines for riders who had no need to go through Georgetown. Eliminating this route makes no sense because it was created to solve the rush-hour overcrowding and scheduling problems on the 30 lines. And shutting down the 37 bus at the same time construction work takes place on the Pennsylvania Avenue bridge will not only increase the crowds for all passengers including those whose commute would otherwise bypass Georgetown, but will also result in more than doubling the commute time for passengers who currently use the 37 bus. I support the proposed bus fare increase if it helps save the 37 bus. Jean Hutter Cleveland Park

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Police Report This is a listing of incidents reported from Feb. 6 through 12 in local police service areas, sorted by their report dates.

PSA PSA 201 201


No incidents reported.

PSA 202



Burglary ■ 5000-5199 block, Reno Road; 8:37 a.m. Feb. 11. ■ 4900-5019 block, Albemarle St.; 5:03 p.m. Feb. 11. Theft ■ 3814-3989 block, Chesapeake St.; 1:12 p.m. Feb. 9. ■ 4530-4599 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 9:25 a.m. Feb. 12.

PSA 203



No incidents reported.

PSA 204



Burglary ■ 3000-3199 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:08 a.m. Feb. 7.

■ 3000-3199 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3 a.m. Feb. 7.

■ 1700-1799 block, 35th St.; 9:06 p.m. Feb. 9.

Theft ■ 3700-3749 block, Newark St.; 4:05 p.m. Feb. 6. ■ 2731-2899 block, Devonshire Place; 2:31 p.m. Feb. 8. ■ 3700-3749 block, Newark St.; 12:11 a.m. Feb. 11. ■ 2301-2499 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:02 p.m. Feb. 12.

Theft ■ 3036-3099 block, M St.; 12:55 p.m. Feb. 6. ■ 1401-1498 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 2:22 p.m. Feb. 6. ■ 1336-1398 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1:16 a.m. Feb. 7. ■ 3276-3299 block, M St.; 8:42 p.m. Feb. 7. ■ 1600-1699 block, 29th St.; 9:42 a.m. Feb. 8. ■ 2700-2799 block, Q St.; 9:57 p.m. Feb. 8. ■ 1200-1237 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 6:20 p.m. Feb. 10. ■ 1224-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 3:04 p.m. Feb. 12. ■ 1048-1099 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 9:48 p.m. Feb. 12.

Theft from auto ■ 2900-2999 block, 28th St.; 6:53 a.m. Feb. 6. ■ 3500-3599 block, 39th St.; 1 p.m. Feb. 8.

PSA 205



Burglary ■ 4403-4499 block, W St.; 5:33 p.m. Feb. 10. Motor vehicle theft ■ 5000-5099 block, Sedgwick St.; 1:26 p.m. Feb. 6. Theft from auto ■ 4800-4899 block, Sedgwick St.; 1:29 p.m. Feb. 9. ■ 3634-3699 block, 49th St.; 1:11 a.m. Feb. 12.

PSA PSA 206 206


Motor vehicle theft

Theft from auto ■ 1400-1499 block, 31st St.; 3:52 p.m. Feb. 6. ■ 1000-1199 block, 29th St.; 6:02 p.m. Feb. 7. ■ 3036-3099 block, M St.; 2:29 p.m. Feb. 9. ■ 3100-3199 block, K St.; 8 p.m. Feb. 9. ■ 3100-3199 block, K St.; 9:44 p.m. Feb. 9.

PSA PSA 207 207


Burglary ■ 1900-1999 block, I St.; 11:49 a.m. Feb. 6.

Motor vehicle theft ■ 1100-1199 block, 19th St.; 11:31 p.m. Feb. 8. Theft ■ 1100-1129 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:04 a.m. Feb. 6. ■ 1100-1129 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:23 a.m. Feb. 6. ■ 1100-1129 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:51 a.m. Feb. 6. ■ 1600-1699 block, K St.; 1:10 p.m. Feb. 7. ■ 1600-1699 block, K St.; 2:07 p.m. Feb. 7. ■ 1100-1199 block, Vermont Ave.; 3:33 p.m. Feb. 7. ■ 1400-1499 block, New York Ave.; 3:45 p.m. Feb. 8. ■ 2000-2099 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 10:57 p.m. Feb. 8. ■ 2000-2099 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 11:38 p.m. Feb. 8. ■ 1000-1099 block, 16th St.; 6:09 p.m. Feb. 9. ■ 1000-1099 block, 16th St.; 9:34 p.m. Feb. 9. ■ 1700-1799 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 7:49 p.m. Feb. 10. ■ 1130-1199 block, 17th St.; 1 p.m. Feb. 11. ■ 1100-1199 block, Vermont Ave.; 8:18 p.m. Feb. 11. ■ 2200-2299 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 6:12 p.m. Feb. 12. Theft from auto ■ 924-999 block, 26th St.; 12:59 p.m. Feb. 9. ■ 2400-2499 block, N St.; 1:54 p.m. Feb. 9.

■ 2600-2799 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 8:14 p.m. Feb. 9. ■ 1900-1999 block, I St.; 3:55 a.m. Feb. 11. ■ 1130-1199 block, 17th St.; 1:18 p.m. Feb. 12. ■ 1200-1299 block, 24th St.; 7:56 p.m. Feb. 12.

PSA 208



Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 1218-1299 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:55 a.m. Feb. 11 (with knife). Motor vehicle theft ■ 1821-1828 block, Phelps Place; 9:08 a.m. Feb. 6. ■ 1222-1299 block, 17th St.; 6:42 p.m. Feb. 11. Theft ■ 1200-1217 block, 18th St.; 9:13 a.m. Feb. 6. ■ 1500-1517 block, 17th St.; 1:10 p.m. Feb. 6. ■ 1400-1499 block, P St.; 1:47 p.m. Feb. 8. ■ 1400-1499 block, Church St.; 2:55 p.m. Feb. 8. ■ 1900-1999 block, R St.; 3:10 p.m. Feb. 8. ■ 1400-1499 block, P St.; 4:51 p.m. Feb. 8. ■ 2016-2099 block, O St.; 3:02 p.m. Feb. 10. ■ 1300-1399 block, 14th St.; 1:28 p.m. Feb. 11.

■ 1300-1399 block, 14th St.; 12:54 p.m. Feb. 12. ■ 1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:05 p.m. Feb. 12. ■ 1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:03 p.m. Feb. 12. Theft from auto ■ 1500-1599 block, O St.; 1:28 p.m. Feb. 9. ■ 1900-1999 block, N St.; 9:35 p.m. Feb. 9. ■ 2112-2131 block, S St.; 11:13 a.m. Feb. 10. ■ 1800-1899 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 1:50 p.m. Feb. 12.

PSA PSA 301 301


Theft ■ 1600-1699 block, U St.; 9:55 p.m. Feb. 6. ■ 1600-1699 block, R St.; 2:01 p.m. Feb. 8. ■ 1400-1425 block, R St.; 6:17 p.m. Feb. 9. ■ 1600-1617 block, 14th St.; 11:03 a.m. Feb. 10. Theft from auto ■ 1500-1599 block, U St.; 8:01 a.m. Feb. 6. ■ 1400-1499 block, U St.; 9:32 p.m. Feb. 7. ■ 1700-1799 block, Riggs Place; 4:31 p.m. Feb. 9. ■ 1700-1799 block, Q St.; 9:07 a.m. Feb. 11. ■ 1700-1789 block, Corcoran St.; 8:07 a.m. Feb. 12.

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February 15, 2017 ■ Page 9

From putters to jumpers: Lessons from the green spurred Cubs’ hoops dynasty By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Back in 1986, Mike McCarthy — who now coaches Visitation girls basketball — had recently graduated from James Madison University and returned from the rural Virginia campus to the D.C. area. That’s when his younger sister Molly, in fourth grade at the time, asked him to coach her intramural girls basketball team. McCarthy initially agreed, but then hesitated when he heard games were every Friday night, which would rule out happy-hour hangouts with his buddies. But his dad, Frank McCarthy, was the team’s head coach and reminded him how excited his sister was. Not wanting to disappoint her, Mike McCarthy — who had seen his own time as a basketball player end at the high school level when he was cut from Good Counsel’s junior varsity team — stepped into the sidelines. Little did he know that the decision would spark one of the most successful high school basketball coaching careers in the District. On Feb. 7, McCarthy hit a milestone of 500 wins over 22 years at Visitation. When McCarthy first started coaching at the fourth-grade level, his dad — who also led the middle school teams at St. John the Baptist — showed him the ropes as they guided the Silver Spring school’s players. “I didn’t know what I was doing, but they thought I was good with the girls,” he said. After McCarthy won his first championship with the seventhgrade team, high school coaches began trying to lure him to the higher level. At first McCarthy wasn’t sure

he was up for the task. The former collegiate golfer had initially considered his basketball coaching a hobby. But after a year of turning down offers, he joined Holy Cross in 1991 as its freshman coach. “I just learned as I went,” he said. “I went and coached the freshmen and we won the freshman championship in 1991. Then we won it the next year and then they moved me to JV and we won that championship.” After that second title, his best friend Jack Railey — who had played basketball at James Madison while McCarthy golfed — joined him on the sidelines. In 1995, Visitation offered McCarthy and Railey the chance to work side-by-side as co-coaches. They jumped at the offer. A year into the job, McCarthy met his wife Kim at a golf outing. A Visitation graduate herself, she has been a big reason for McCarthy’s loyalty to the Georgetown school for 22 years. “My wife is terrific,” McCarthy said. “She went here. I didn’t coach her. She was very supportive of it.” He said Kim made games “a family event — she would bring them all here.” Meanwhile, Railey had to step away, as his family was also growing and the rigors of coaching couldn’t fit in. During that early period, Visitation wasn’t the local powerhouse it is today. Sidwell and Bullis dominated the hardwood and annually had high-level Division I athletes. “You really played for third place back then; Bullis and Sidwell were loaded,” McCarthy said. “We could hang with them, but we would fade in the end.” But in 2004, the pieces fell into

place as the Cubs added talented freshmen and notched a strong season. That set the stage for a game that McCarthy can recall as if he just stepped off the floor — his 200th career win. The 2005 game saw the Cubs capture their first league championship, shifting the power away from Bullis and Sidwell. “After seven or eight years, someone said we built something incredible. In 2005 we beat Bullis and it was a big thing,” the coach said. “It was just a magical year. I remember saying I’d trade the next three championships to win it with this group of kids.” That win also turned the tide in drawing talented players to the Georgetown school. “People then wanted to come here,” he said. “Before, girls that were going to come here would instead choose Bullis. But then we started to get freshman every year, and I had so much talent I just tried to not mess it up.” McCarthy’s sustained success with the Cubs, winning 11 ISL crowns and a state championship, all goes back to lessons gleaned from his college-level sport. “Take care of the ball, keep the ball in front of you, limit your mistakes — that’s golf,” he said. “I have won a lot of tournaments in golf. I didn’t hit it far. I had a great short game and chipper and putter.” During his time coaching Visitation, McCarthy has also maintained a full-time day job in sales for Open Market Energy. His wife and his five children — Michael, Patrick, Molly, Sean and Ryan — have all been supportive, working around his game schedules. McCarthy has also had support

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Visitation’s Mike McCarthy recently won his 500th game as the Cubs’ basketball head coach. Shown during Win 501 on Thursday, he has been a fixture at the Georgetown school for 22 years. on the sidelines from talented assistant coaches. In the past Julie and Meghan Burke helped run the program. And over the last four years Kathy Gillespie, who played for George Washington University and whose daughter Katie played for McCarthy until 2012, has filled the role. She often runs the drills and guides the team through practice, and shares ideas on schemes. “She makes me a better coach,” McCarthy said. “We are a better team because of her.” In addition, McCarthy has been flexible with his players who

aren’t limited to basketball. Visitation has an upper-echelon lacrosse team, which sends several athletes to the Division I colleges, along with a top-notch soccer and field hockey team that both produce scholarship athletes. While many schools and coaches urge athletes to specialize in one sport, McCarthy and Visitation have supported multiple-sport athletes. “They are D-I athletes. If I drew a line in the sand I would lose them,” the coach said. “I tell them they can play anything. See Cubs/Page 10

Falcons light up Burke’s blackout in annual rivalry game By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Field overcame a 12-0 first-quarter hole to defeat Burke 42-33 on Friday night.

Ever since Field’s boys basketball team lost Cooper Macklin — its most dynamic scorer — to a season-ending injury earlier this year, Falcons coach Quintus Cunningham has stressed the importance of patience. On Friday night, in a hostile environment at Potomac Valley Athletic Conference rival Burke’s annual blackout game, the Falcons quickly found themselves in a 12-0 hole with just two minutes to go in the first period. But the Falcons never panicked and just chipped away at the margin, eventually emerging with a gritty 42-33 win. “When Cooper got hurt, it made everybody on the team’s job harder,” said Cun-

ningham. “We’ve been preaching patience. Tonight the shots they normally hit weren’t going in, but eventually they did.” The Falcons’ scoring was led by Bradley Ellick’s 18 points, and Justin Ofotan, Will Stanley and Evan Manuel each had four. Meanwhile, Burke was led by Geraz Johnson and Billy Conte, each of whom had 11 points, while Harry Ferguson added seven. The Falcons offense was bolstered by Ellick’s 3-point shooting in the comeback. “Bradley is a sophomore, and he has really been stepping up and owning a position as a leader,” said Cunningham. Late in the fourth quarter, Field seized the lead and held a 32-30 advantage. But Burke had the ball and a chance to rally. That’s when senior forward Lucas Stern-

lieb stole the ball from a Bengal and raced to the other basket. Instead of taking an easy layup, Sternlieb hesitated and drew a foul just as he released the shot. The ball dropped through the net for a 3-point play to send the Falcons into a raucous celebration. “I don’t know what he was thinking,” said Cunningham. “I asked him, ‘Why did you pump fake it and not just go up?’ It really did kill all of their momentum.” For Sternlieb, it was a huge moment in his last rivalry game against Burke. He said he just wanted to make a smart play by getting a Bengal into foul trouble. “I don’t do too much scoring,” he said. “I’m just really happy I made a play and we got the win. It’s a great feeling to get this win at Burke.”

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Former Cadet finds groove with the Terps By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer





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Former St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boys basketball star Anthony Cowan started at the University of Maryland this fall with much fanfare, after leading the Cadets to a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference crown in his final year. But as a freshman at Maryland, Cowan has been up and down, and since Jan. 24 he has gone 0 for 11 from the 3-point range. That prompted Maryland coach Mark Turgeon to meet with the firstyear starter last week ahead of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conference game against Ohio State, to focus his attention on other aspects of the game beyond shots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I met with Anthony on Thursday and I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Anthony, here is what I want â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the last seven games, lead the league in assists and be the best defender. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care if you score,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? the coach recounted. On Saturday night, in front of more than 17,000 fans at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Md., Cowan found his shot and looked every bit like the dynamic player he had been at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, while matching a career-high 19 points and hitting three of four shots from the 3-point range. Cowanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s explosion helped lead the Terps past their Big Ten conference foe 86-77. Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance pulled the freshman out of a slump. So far this season, Cowan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who has started every game and added flexibility to his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has averaged 10.6 points, four rebounds and nearly four assists per game. On Saturday, the Buckeyes focused their defensive plan on other Terrapins â&#x20AC;&#x201D; since Cowan had been struggling coming into the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to make Cowan make shots, and sure enough he did,â&#x20AC;? said Ohio State coach Thad Matta. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All those guys are so quick and they set so many ball

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St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduate Anthony Cowan matched a career-high 19 points in the University of Marylandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conference win over Ohio State University on Saturday evening in College Park, Md. screens. They do a good job of getting downhill.â&#x20AC;? That extra space on the floor, along with more time putting up shots before and after practice, paid off for Cowan Saturday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The last couple of games I had been trying to force my points and trying to get on the boards,â&#x20AC;? Cowan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This game, I just wanted to stay back and get my teammates involved as much as I could. I was left open a little bit and I made shots.â&#x20AC;? In the final minutes of the game, Maryland â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which held a comfortable lead of eight to 12 points for much of the game â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

needed one last big bucket to pull away from the Buckeyes. Cowan had the ball in his hands, but the shot clock was quickly winding down. Instead of panicking or throwing the ball away, the freshman pulled up and drained a coldblooded three to send the goldclad Terrapin fans into a frenzy and seal the victory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw there just wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anything there. In that environment, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to get a shot clock violation. I wanted to make sure I at least got a shot up,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw the defender bouncing back a little bit, thinking I was going to drive, and I just pulled up.â&#x20AC;?

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Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their future. All of our soccer and lacrosse coaches are flexible. You need the athletes in our smaller classes to contend with St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Bullis.â&#x20AC;? As McCarthy has built the perennial powerhouse at Visitation over the years, other local schools have tried to court him to their sidelines. McCarthy said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heard from St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Good Counsel, for example. But with his family life and day job, Visitation has been a good fit, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have built something pretty good here,â&#x20AC;? McCarthy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We coach nice kids and we have nice parents and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nice place to coach.â&#x20AC;? And after 22 years, he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan on stepping down any time soon, especially with his daughter Molly now playing on the Cubs junior varsity team.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Molly graduates, that will be 25 years,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be hard to leave it. I know I will be here as long as Molly is here and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to win a championship with her. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take it one year at a time.â&#x20AC;? And even after seeing his 500th career win, McCarthy is hardly satisfied. After the Cubs won that milestone game on Feb. 7, the coach celebrated but then quickly reminded his team to focus on their next big outings. The team proceeded to win against Bullis on Thursday, a significant game in the ISL standings. And this Thursday Visitation faces Holy Child in a contest that will likely determine if the Cubs earn at least a share of the league crown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Win 501 was much sweeter than 500,â&#x20AC;? McCarthy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told the girls if you want to give me a present, win 501, then get me 504 on Thursday.â&#x20AC;?


The People and Places of Northwest Washington

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Effort to archive public art lands showcase at annual D.C. film festival By MARK LIEBERMAN Current Staff Writer


ost people catch a fleeting glimpse of public art for a few moments on a walk or drive through the neighborhood. But as shown in the new short film “Painted City,” set largely in Northwest, cultural historian Perry Frank tends to take a closer look. Frank has been on a mission for more than five years to preserve, document and showcase the city’s murals. She moved to Dupont Circle in 1973 and earned a doctorate in American studies from George Washington University, focusing in part on studying art projects from the Works Progress Administration. One day, like “a flash of lightning,” she identified the need for an archive of public murals to keep their messages alive long after they’ve disappeared. “You wouldn’t think of going to a museum and pulling down the pictures and

smashing them on the floor and sweeping them up,” Frank said. “My project makes the murals last through the ages forever.” Now she herself is the subject of an archivable document, thanks to filmmaker and Adams Morgan resident Caitlin Carroll, who has been entranced by Frank’s work since she stumbled across it online more than four years ago. The film was selected out of more than 2,000 submissions for the D.C. Independent Film Festival, which runs from Feb. 15 to 20 this year. “Painted City” premieres Monday at the Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, during a block of seven short docs from noon to 1:45 p.m. Carroll has lived here for a decade and took a casual interest in murals, but gained new appreciation upon seeing Frank’s passion for them. “She really treats them like serious pieces of art, which they don’t always get treated as,” Carroll said. See Film/Page 30

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Cultural historian Perry Frank has been documenting the city’s murals for more than a decade. She’s the subject of the 25-minute documentary “Painted City,” directed by Adams Morgan resident Caitlin Carroll and premiering Monday at the Naval Heritage Center as part of the D.C. Independent Film Festival, now in its 19th year.

Recalling a past fraught with oppression Georgetown resident chronicles her family’s clash with Nazism By BRIDEY HEING

■ 1972 — A Northwest resident developed a new process for making contact lenses. Engineers had known that placing tiny holes in hard plastic lenses would reduce swelling or irritation, but could not figure out how to create the holes in a cost-effective manner. Capitol Contact Lenses Inc., a West End company headed by Wilson High School graduate George Maszaros, sought a patent for the “Micropore Process.” Using laser technology, it allowed the lens maker to place up to 100 precise holes in a single contact lens. ■ 1982 — The Palisades Citizens Association voted to oppose a requested zoning change at MacArthur Boulevard and V Street NW, calling the From Our ARCHIVES proposal an unwelcome extension of commercial and higher-density land use. Owner Joseph Amato had sought permission for 11 row houses, with a parking lot in front, to replace three detached houses on the site. Existing zoning called for single-family houses on 5,000-square-foot lots; the requested change permitted either residential or office use.

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or many of us, the places our families lived and left are woven tightly into the fabric of our identity. Homes and businesses make up the foundation on which our own stories rest, with the buildings themselves serving as signposts of our histories. But for Dina Gold, her family’s Berlin property and history intersected not only with some of the most defining moments of the 20th century, but with a Nazi program of legalized theft that left scores of Jewish families robbed of their assets. In her book, “Stolen Legacy,” Gold chronicles the story of her family’s Berlin building, the means by which the Nazi regime stole and used it, and her own struggle to secure restitution from the German government. Gold, a Georgetown resident who moved to D.C. in 2008, is a former BBC journalist and current senior editor at Moment magazine. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Gold heard about her family’s prewar years in Berlin from her grandmother, Nellie Wolff. Among the stories Wolff told was one about a six-story building in the heart of Berlin at the address Krausenstrasse 17/18, built by Gold’s great-grandfather in 1910 and used as the headquarters for their successful fur business. According to Wolff, however, the Nazis seized the property in 1937 and then it sat behind the Berlin Wall in East Berlin following the war. But Gold was unsure of how much of her grandmother’s stories were true, and her own mother did not verify the possibly tall tales. “My mother said, ‘Just forget about it,’” Gold says. “My mother did not believe in looking back in

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Georgetown resident Dina Gold writes about her family’s struggle for restitution in her book “Stolen Legacy.”

life. She only believed in looking forward.” Given the near mythic status of the building, Gold didn’t think much of it until 1990 when the fall of the Berlin Wall the year prior gave her an opportunity to visit Germany to investigate her grandmother’s claims. She took a cab to the address her grandmother, who had passed away in 1977, once gave her. “When I went into the building, I was just curious to find this place and see if Nellie’s stories had been true,” Gold says. “It was when a German official said to me that I needed to get this building back for my mother that it started. I had never even thought about it.” That comment started a long journey for Gold to understand and right an injustice that had occurred more than half a century earlier. She spent years documenting the history of the building and the insurance company that foreclosed on the mortgage in 1937. She discovered that the Victoria Insurance See Legacy/Page 30

■ 1987 — The Bottle Bill Initiative Campaign announced the submission of more than enough signatures to get the issue on the November ballot. Supporters included Ward 3 D.C. Council member Jim Nathanson and at-large member Hilda Mason, whose past efforts to pass similar legislation had failed. Organizations in support included the D.C. League of Women Voters, the Sierra Club and D.C. Common Cause. “After a ballgame at Tiger Stadium, someone would always come to pick up the bottles and claim the deposit fund,” said Common Cause executive director Peter Williams, a recent arrival from Detroit. The Clean Capitol City Committee, a beverage industry group, had already raised at least $110,000 to fight the initiative. Supporters had raised about $12,000. ■ 1992 — The D.C. Board of Education gave Superintendent Franklin Smith authority to require students to stay on school grounds during the school day, either throughout the system or at individual schools. Administrators, parents and students at Wilson High School opposed the measure. Previously, such a decision had been up to principals. “From an academic and educational standpoint,” Smith said, “I don’t think anyone can ever convince me that open campuses are better than closed campuses.” ■ 1997 — The Palisades Library was closed for nearly a month due to a lack of heat — exacerbated by a bureaucratic mix-up. The District’s chief financial officer, Anthony Williams, had approved the needed repairs more than a week before work began due to a lack of communication between his office and the D.C. Public Library’s procurement office. For a time, neither agency knew the whereabouts of the work order to repair the heating system. After a flurry of calls from concerned citizens, work finally started, with the library at 49th and V streets NW reopening about a week later ■ 2002 — At a meeting with residents, representatives of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School presented plans for transporting middle school students to and from a recently purchased site at 4925 MacArthur Blvd. NW. The school had recently filed a request with the Board of Zoning Adjustment to establish a middle school in a converted Victorian home. The students were to be dropped off at the nearby St. Patrick’s campus on Whitehaven Parkway, with two shuttle buses taking them to the MacArthur site.

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FARMHOUSE: Historic structure earns landmark status amid turmoil over property plans

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relocate the structure to an as-yet-undetermined location either on the same property or elsewhere. Board members assured the couple that the landmark status doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prevent the possibility of relocating the house, which had already been moved 150 feet in 1903. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You already have an approved plan,â&#x20AC;? board member Andrew Aurbach told the applicants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are options there irre-

spective of this action today.â&#x20AC;? Ideas for relocating the farmhouse offsite havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gained much traction. Attias and her family claim they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t told about the possibility of historic designation for the farmhouse before they purchased the property. The family has been living in Kotzurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small â&#x20AC;&#x153;bachelor padâ&#x20AC;? with her two children while waiting to build their new home, she said at the hearing. The applicants didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say why they are no longer pursuing the previously approved 2015 plan for relocating the

farmhouse within their property. Attiasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; architect testified at the hearing that the team had been in touch with D.C. Public Schools about acquiring the farmhouse, but their spokesperson Michelle Lerner told The Current on Monday that that negotiation fell through as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Due to the costs of moving and upkeep of the house, we cannot accept it at this time,â&#x20AC;? she wrote in an email. During Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing, the architect also floated the possibility of relocating the

farmhouse to the Palisades Recreation Center, currently undergoing renovation, but Department of Parks and Recreation spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump told The Current that her team is unaware of such a proposal. The family previously negotiated for a year and a half with the northern-adjacent Field School about the possibility of subdividing the lot and relocating the structure onto school property. But the Field School said the project would be too expensive and declined the proposal in April 2015.

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consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that requires action to reduce sewage overflows. The water authority says the problems stem from a sewer system that combines stormwater runoff with sewage, becoming strained in capacity during heavy rainfalls. DC Water hopes that widespread green infrastructure projects will limit its need to construct additional large underground tunnels to hold extra wastewater â&#x20AC;&#x201D; its fallback plan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while providing other environmental and aesthetic benefits at ground level. In Glover Park and Burleith, many community members saw few downsides to serving as DC Waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early test cases for green infrastructure. Even if permeable surfaces had little effect on overall runoff, DC Water would still be repaving streets and alleys that need repair. But in Georgetown, a smaller alley system meant more work would take place in streets rather than behind homes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; potentially taking up parking spaces or adding landscaping that could clash with the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic character, critics said. DC Water still intends to carry out the work in Glover Park and Burleith, where there were fewer objections than within the Georgetown Historic District. So far DC Water has designated nearly two dozen alleys or stretches of alleys across Burleith that would be rebuilt with permeable pavement, along with a variety of projects near the southwest corner of Glover Park: permeable parking lanes on most of 39th Place, 40th Street and 40th Place between W and Benton streets NW; vegetated curb extensions near the corner of 39th Place and Benton Street; five permeable alley segments; and two water-retaining tree-box planters on 40th Street, according to its project website. Design work is ongoing, with construction anticipated to begin next year and finish in 2019. Brian Turmail and Jackie Blumenthal of ANC 3B (Glover Park, Cathedral Heights) said their only concerns had been that DC Water would permanently remove some parking spaces to accomplish its

goals. They told The Current yesterday they were satisfied with the current iteration of the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of the day, if all goes according to plan, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get some improved alleys, some improved roadways, some

â??Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thrilled that George Hawkins and his people heard us and responded.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans improved landscaping, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be helping protect the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watershed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all without affecting our parking,â&#x20AC;? Turmail said. In Georgetown, though, even the threat of reduced parking during construction was enough to generate strong opposition. In addition to objections formally adopted by ANC 2E, Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans also opposed the green infrastructure work for Georgetown. Evans told The Current that he recently met with DC Water general manager George Hawkins to push for Georgetown to be dropped from the first phase of the project. The council member said he cited not only the disruptions of rebuilding Georgetown streets, but also research by ANC 2E suggesting that DC Water had overstated the effects of Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stormwater runoff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thrilled that George Hawkins and his people heard us and responded,â&#x20AC;? Evans said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were all very happy to see that, and I was pleased to play a part.â&#x20AC;? DC Water spokesperson Pamela Mooring didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t answer questions about the reason for removing Georgetown from the early phase of the green infrastructure program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true that we are not yet moving ahead with that plan in the Georgetown Historic District, we are implementing it nearby and are excited to show our customers the positive outcomes in 2019 when we finish the first sections,â&#x20AC;? Mooring wrote in an email. More information, including a map of proposed green infrastructure sites, is available at dcwater. com/potomacrivergreen.

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Spotlight on Schools British International School of Washington

This week our Year 12 students came back from the muchanticipated Tanzania trip. Situated in the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro, this trip provides our students with the unique opportunity to sustain and improve the locals’ lives. Nord Anglia (the organization our school is a part of) has taken on the responsibility of improving the quality of education for the students of Katefu Primary School. This means that each year students from our school, as well as from the other 42 Nord Anglia schools from 15 countries, convene for this enriching service trip. The weeks leading up to the trip were filled with fundraising, and raising awareness of conditions in Tanzania. The money gained will be sent directly to the school or used to buy basic classroom necessities such as pencils and paper. The 10 days of the trip are spent repairing classrooms; build-


ing homes and toilets for the teachers; installing solar panels in houses; and building stoves and goat sheds. Whilst all of this dramatically enhances the quality of life of the locals, it also served as a valuable experience that all recipients found incredibly beneficial. The students were able to experience Tanzanian culture firsthand through guided tours of villages and even an overnight camping trip on Safari. Furthermore, the ability to work alongside students from around the world (who soon became close friends), left year 12 more internationally minded than ever! — Sofia Hollowell, Year 11 (10th-grader)

Key Elementary School

Last week we had our firstever National Geographic Geography Bee at Key School in the school gym. Our fourth-grade social studies teacher, Jacqueline

Bunnell, thought it would be a great lesson in geography for the school so she arranged it for us. The Bee is a competition sponsored by National Geographic for kids all over the U.S. and has been going on for years. All the fourth-graders at Key who wanted to participate were in the first round. The preliminary rounds were fun to watch. All the kids participating were wiggling, shivering and playing with their nails on the stage. Within two weeks there were three preliminary rounds. All the children participating got to the next round by answering smart questions on geography. Ms. Bunnell said, “I did this because it’s a good way to get rid of stage fright and also so that kids learn about geography.” The winner was fourth-grader Wally Brands. The winning question: “Last August, President Barack Obama announced the expansion of a marine national monument, creating the world’s largest such protected area. The

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is located off the coast of which U.S. state?” The answer: Hawaii. When asked if Ms. Bunnell could change anything about the Bee this year she said, “I would change that other grades could participate too instead of just fourth grade.” — Anita Cavanna and Elena LaGuardia White, fourth-graders

Lafayette Elementary School

On Feb. 22 and 23, Lafayette Elementary will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart, an event sponsored by the American Heart Association to raise money for those with heart diseases. Lafayette has been taking part in the event since 1998, raising about $20,000 every February. Students are handed packets containing a permission slip, an envelope to place the donations in, a chart to keep track of how much money they’ve raised, a sheet that tells them what kind of

prizes they might earn and a sheet explaining when and what they are going to do at the event. There are also always incentives to go along with everything. At the event, students jump rope, dance and listen to music, win door prizes, and eat snacks. “I think JRFH is really fun because first of all you get toys, and I also like to jump rope,” says Weston Gerdts, a first-grader. I asked Ms. McClure, one of the three physical education teachers who runs Lafayette’s fundraiser, if she had any personal connections to heart disease and she said, “I do. My nephew died 20 years ago because of a heart disease. He was only four months old.” Jump Rope for Heart is a fun event that raises enough money to save lives. — Parker Fendig, fifth-grader

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DISPATCHES From Page 13 started six years ago when we were in kindergarten! Most of the school’s fifth-grade girls participate. We meet at the school once a month and two mothers run the meetings and activities. In Girl Scouts, we learn to be independent by earning different badges, such as the first aid

The Current badge, for which we do a course on injuries and caring for them. Another badge is the independence badge, where we have to stay home alone for a total of two hours and cook breakfast, lunch and dinner and be helpful to our families. The girls earn this badge independently, of course! Once a year, we go to a Girl Scout campsite. We stay there for the weekend and usually get around 15 to 20 badges. This year

we go to a campsite where we’ll stay in covered wagons because we think they’re awesome. Girl Scouts also sell cookies; if you see girls out selling cookies, please buy some! Being in Girl Scouts has taught us many lessons and brought the NPS fifth-grade girls closer together over the years. It is super fun and very enjoyable! — Olivia Pham, Carson Browne and Ingrid Knutson, fifth-graders

Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia Notice of Community Hearings Public Input Sought on Pepco’s Rate Application

FORMAL CASE NO. 1139, IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF THE POTOMAC ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY FOR AUTHORITY TO INCREASE EXISTING RETAIL RATES AND CHARGES FOR ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION SERVICE The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (“Commission”) seeks public input on the rate application submitted by the Potomac Electric Power Company (“Pepco”) requesting authority to increase existing distribution service rates and charges for electric service in the District of Columbia. Pepco seeks a revenue increase of $76.766 million. Formal Case No. 1139 is the formal case established to adjudicate Pepco’s application. Pepco is the sole distributor of electric power to homes and businesses in the District. The Commission will only set Pepco’s distribution service rates in this rate case and not the cost of electricity itself. A Public Notice regarding Pepco’s application can be accessed online at A hard copy of the Public Notice can be obtained by calling (202) 626-5150. The Commission will convene four community hearings at the following locations on the specified dates: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 Providence Hospital Allen AME Church Ross Auditorium 2498 Alabama Avenue, SE 1150 Varnum Street NE Washington, D.C. 20020 Washington, D.C. 20017 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017 Tuesday, March 7, 2017 D.C. Public Service Commission D.C. Public Service Commission Hearing Room Hearing Room 1325 G Street, NW, 8th Floor 1325 G Street, NW, 8th Floor Washington, D.C. 20005 Washington, D.C. 20005 11:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

Those who wish to testify at the community hearings should contact the Commission Secretary by the close of business three business days prior to the date of the hearing by calling (202) 626-5150. Representatives of organizations shall be permitted a maximum of five minutes for oral presentations. Individuals shall be permitted a maximum of three minutes for oral presentations. If an organization or an individual is unable to offer comments at the community hearings, written statements may be submitted to Brinda Westbrook-Sedgwick, Commission Secretary, Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, 1325 G Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington D.C. 20005, or by email at Any person who is deaf or hearing-impaired, and cannot readily understand or communicate in spoken English, and persons with disabilities who need special accommodations in order to participate in the hearing, must contact the Commission Secretary by close of seven business days prior to the date of the hearing. Persons who wish to testify in Spanish, Chinese, Amharic, or Korean must also contact the Commission Secretary by close of business three business days before the date of the hearing. The number to call to request special accommodations and interpretation services is (202) 626-5150.

Our Lady of Victory School

From Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, Our Lady of Victory School celebrated Catholic Schools Week. Each day, we had a themed dress day, and on Monday, we wore our pajamas to school! We also held our geography bee. It was super fun, and everyone did well. On Tuesday, many classes took field trips. My class visited St. Matthew’s Cathedral and the National Geographic Museum. The highlight of the week was Friday. We had a free dress day, and our whole day was dedicated to learning about the many patronages of Mary celebrated around the world. Each class was assigned its own to research. My class studied Our Lady of Fatima, who appeared in Portugal and performed the Miracle of the Dancing Sun. Throughout the day, we discussed Mary in each of our classrooms. Students of all different grades were grouped together to journey to each station. When each group visited each classroom, students learned about another patronage of Mary. We did a craft or activity at each stop and received a prayer card or medal dedicated to Mary. Finally, on our stop in our gym, we walked a labyrinth while reflecting and praying silently. My favorite part of Catholic Schools Week was learning about traditions celebrating Mary in different parts of the world. Catholic Schools Week is always my favorite part of the year because it is fun and educational for us all. — Lexi V., fourth-grader

Sheridan School

On Feb. 1, Sheridan School celebrated black history with an assembly. The Students of Color group had specific goals for this assembly to begin Black History Month. We learned about historic leaders in the black community and highlighted the best of black history and culture. This assembly

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helped us to be better stewards of the privileges we have gained, and to create awareness for all people about the rich AfricanAmerican history. For the assembly we asked each grade to do something for black history month and perform or display it to the school. The kindergarten researched and wrote “All About Books” on athletes Simone Biles and Jackie Robinson. The first grade created an “I Have A Dream” quilt. Second grade rewrote poems by African-American poets on civil rights. The third grade created posters on African-American inventors. The fourth grade performed “This Little Light of Mine.” The fifth grade made posters on activists. The sixth grade made a video on Fanny Lou Hammer. The seventh grade rewrote the poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” We performed it to show the school poetry a black person wrote and how we changed it to bring it up to date. The eighth grade sang multiple songs, all written by African-Americans, to inform the school about the types of songs African-Americans write. I felt this assembly was very successful and hope that we will have another assembly like this next year. — Morgan Johnson, seventh-grade

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I’m excited to share what’s going on in the fifth grade at WIS. We’ve just recently been starting our projects on social justice and activism. Each child is creating a presentation, either alone or in a group (depending on the class), and we’re working hard to prepare each and every one of them. This project is also preparing us for the end-ofsemester IB PYP Exhibition. The classes have been gathering articles for Exhibition pretty much since the beginning of the year — even before for some. We are advancing toward our ending presentations and posting our favorite articles on the bulletin boards outside the homerooms. As we approach the end of Primary School, a new book club has started up in the library, led by our librarian Ms. Anderson and the fifth-graders. The fifthgraders who have committed themselves to the club are reading a book called “The Best Man” by Richard Peck, which we think is great. Another thing that’s a bit new here is the math lab led by Ms. Rogers. It’s a place where we have a different topic related to math each week — like division and fractions and so on. Any child, I believe first grade and up, may come there during lunchtime and ask any questions they might have. They solve the problems so they’ll understand the math concept fully. — Ngolela Saafi wa Omekongo, fifth-grader

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Historic Dupont Circle mansion features whimsical elements


he Hornblower mansion at 2030 Hillyer Place NW is a historic home enriched with modern touches and a dash of whimsy. Designed by the Hornblower


& Marshall Firm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; architects and visionaries behind such Washington landmarks as the Boardman house, the Duncan Phillips house (now part of the Phillips Collection) and the National Museum of Natural History â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the home was originally commissioned for firm partner Joseph Hornblower and his wife Carolyn in 1897. The estimated construction cost: a princely $14,000. The four-story Dupont Circle property is now on the market for $4,950,000. The imposing building stands on a double lot and now houses three separate units: the three-level ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence and two rental apartments (with certificates of occupancy). The building is distinguished by an ombrĂŠed brown brick facade set off by Greek fretwork, classical orna-

mentation and a massive mahogany front door with vintage scalloped glass transom. The ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence contains 3,800 square feet of living space and offers three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, five wood-burning fireplaces, four terraces, a private back patio and four parking spaces. The two upper-level apartments (on the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third and fourth floor) each have two bedrooms, two baths and two fireplaces, and the top unit has a roof garden, bringing the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total square footage to 8,200. The ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence sits off the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main entryway several steps above ground level. It opens into an intimate foyer, which leads into the living room, set off by French doors and balconies overlooking the south-facing garden, a fireplace with tile hearth and original marble surround, elegant wainscoting, crown molding and pilasters (some original, some painstakingly restored) and an 11-foot coffered ceiling. A wet bar is tucked away in a small alcove. Herringbone tiger oak flooring runs throughout the foyer, living room and adjacent library (or

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The Hornblower mansion at 2030 Hillyer Place NW is listed for $4,950,000. bedroom). The library also features tall windows facing Hillyer Place, custom-built bookcases with hidden storage panels, a large closet and a fireplace with a stone surround. Off this room is an elegant full bath with a glass shower, large granite vanity and undermount sink. Its deep red walls, contrasting white molding and warm hues create an intimate look and feel. Wainscoting continues down the back stairs (behind the living room) taking you one flight down to the entertainment heart of the home. The banquet-sized dining room is adorned with stepped crown molding, wainscot paneling and custom-designed air vents. There are three sets of French doors, two with Juliet balconies and one with access to the









garden. The pièce de resistance of this room, however, is an arched book/display case with a panel that swings away to magically reveal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;open, sesame!â&#x20AC;? style â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a cozy little bedroom with brick fireplace and recently renovated en suite bath within, featuring white subway tile, a glassdoored shower and a pedestal sink. Off the dining room is a powder room with Kallista pedestal sink, Toto commode and white subway tiles. The bright eat-in kitchen, adjacent to the dining room, picks up the warm colorway and some design elements from other

rooms, with extensive white cabinets, tawny granite counter tops, oak floors and sensuously curved brushed nickel pulls. Appliances include a concealed Sub-Zero refrigerator and two separate freezer drawers; a concealed twodrawer Fisher & Paykel dishwasher; an Elan five-burner range with Viking downdraft; and a KitchenAid oven, microwave and warming oven. Off the breakfast nook, a balcony with a garden view provides an instant al fresco feel. On the next level down â&#x20AC;&#x201D; slightly below grade but still very bright â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is the master suite, See Hillyer/Page 30

    Susan represented the successful buyer who won the bidding war! A complete fixer upper, but a cool vintage bungalow well located near Tenley Metro in American University Park.


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A number of Citizens Association of Georgetown programs are being launched as we approach spring. On Feb. 23, DTR Modern Galleries, located at 2820 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, will display artwork and convene a panel of experts who will hold forth on the trends of art in Georgetown. The reception will begin at 7 p.m. and the panel discussion will begin at 7:30. Due to space limitations, the event is open to association members only; to RSVP, email Our March 22 meeting will also deal with beautification, but in this context by improving the appearance of our streets and alleys. Citizens Association of Georgetown committee chair Patrick Clawson will lead a discussion addressing ways to improve the appearance of trash cans in our alleys and on the streets in front of our homes. A more disturbing problem is that open trash bins can be an invitation for rodents to access garbage. That meeting, which also begins at 7 p.m., will be held in the Social Room at Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Healey Family Student Center. I also want to draw your attention to supporting our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Concerts in the Parkâ&#x20AC;? programs for this spring. We will sponsor a fundraising event in early spring to kick off the concert series, which begins in May. Look for more details soon at It is always a cheerful gathering. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bob vom Eigen 15 violations. McElwee also said he will conduct enhanced patrols of the traffic circle two or three times a month. â&#x2013; a resident inquired about whether the city has any plans to expand Capital Bikeshare service in the area. Commissioner Michael Sriqui said that there are supposed to be two stations slated for Palisades by 2018. Andrew Huff, a community outreach representative at American University, said the new East Campus development will have a bikeshare dock. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to support a public space application for a new driveway and curb cut at 5061 Sherier Place NW. â&#x2013;  a volunteer from Chesapeake Climate Action Network presented the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carbon tax proposal for D.C. The tax would charge $20 per ton of carbon being emitted. A rebate program would give residents back part of the money collected in the tax. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to support the Marine Corps Marathon

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Yard House set to make D.C. debut in Chinatown Family-friendly eatery offers robust beer slate By MARK LIEBERMAN Current Staff Writer

Drew Minervino describes his craft beer bar and restaurant Yard House thus: “Kind of like the Cheesecake Factory without the cheesecake and with more beer.” Customers can test that formula for themselves when Yard House opens its first D.C. location at 812 7th St. NW later this year. The restaurant, which has more than 60 locations nationwide, boasts an expansive menu listing dozens of options over many pages, including rib-eye

steaks and burgers. Though the establishment boasts a specialty in craft beer with more than 100 craft and import selections, food constitutes 65 percent of the restaurant’s focus, according to alcohol lawyer Michael Fonseca, who’s handling the restaurant’s liquor license application process. Yard House opened its first location in Springfield, Va., in 2014. The restaurant is owned by Darden Enterprises, which also owns Olive Garden, The Capital Grille, Longhorn Steakhouse and Bahama Breeze, among others. The Chinatown space, occupied until December 2015 by the Goethe-Institut cultural center, will boast an expansive interior with 338 seats and space for more

Heritage India moves north near Cathedral Commons By MARK LIEBERMAN Current Staff Writer

The established Glover Park restaurant Heritage India has relocated farther north on Wisconsin Avenue near Cathedral Commons, into a space marked by considerable turnover. The restaurant left its 17-year spot at 2400 Wisconsin Ave. NW on Jan. 31 and plans to open Thursday at 3238 Wisconsin Ave. NW south of the Cathedral Commons complex, according to coowner Mitul Tuli. The search for a new location began six to eight months ago, she said. “We’ve been there for 17 years,” Tuli said. “We’ve had a really good run.” Glover Park has gotten fancier and more developed in the 17 years Heritage India has been there, Tuli said. Diner priorities have also shifted over time, prompting periodic menu changes and philosophical shifts. Customers in the early years favored elaborate spreads with multiple meats, vegetables, rice and breads. Now tapas and other small-plate options, which allow for appetizers to be eaten as meals, are in fashion, Tuli said. The menu had adjusted accordingly in recent years, now boasting a robust collection of more than 10 appetizers. The new location’s menu will be identical to the old one. The new Heritage India sits at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Macomb Street — a spot most recently vacated by District 2, a popular bar that closed after

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Heritage India plans to open its new location this week.

a kitchen fire destroyed much of its interior on New Year’s Day 2015. Before that, the space held numerous tenants including Alliance Tavern, Enology Wine Bar, Foster Brothers Coffee and most notably Zebra Room, a favorite neighborhood bar and grill that closed in the mid-1990s. The Zebra Room space proved desirable for Tuli because it’s located at street level, unlike the old Heritage India. “It was getting to be quite a trudge for a lot of our regular customers climbing to the third floor,” Tuli said. The lack of handicap accessibility meant some customers had to be carried up the stairs to the restaurant, she said. The new space also boasts a “beautiful patio,” another priority for the move, Tuli said. Inside, the new space is a little more than a third the size of the old Heritage India, which works for Tuli, who had been thinking that the Glover Park location was too large for its customer base. See Heritage/Page 30

than 500 people. An upstairs space will host occasional private functions and overflow seats if the main level gets particularly busy, Minervino said. Minervino, Yard House’s director of operations, assured residents at Monday’s meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2C (downtown, Penn Quarter) that he has no intention of sneaking a noisy nightlife hub into the neighborhood under the guise of a family-friendly eatery. “If our intent was to have a dance

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Yard House, a chain with more than 60 locations nationwide, will open at 812 7th St. NW this year. club, we would not put in so many booths,” he said. ANC 2C member Kevin Wilsey said he thinks the restaurant will make for a good addition to its block. A resident in particular welcomed the potential for more nighttime activity along I Street between 7th and 8th streets

Buredo plans third D.C. location in Tenleytown

The fast-casual sushi burrito restaurant Buredo plans to open in Tenleytown later this year, according to its website. The restaurant will put down roots at 4235 Wisconsin Ave. NW between Cava Mezze Grill and Nando’s Peri-Peri. That site was formerly occupied by a dry cleaner’s, and in 2015 the national chain Pie Five Pizza announced it would open there, but never did. The Tenleytown location will be the third one for Buredo, which started on 14th Street NW near McPherson Square and added a Dupont Circle location in August. Owners Mike Haddad and Travis Elton jumped into the fast-casual market in 2015 after deciding on a whim that sushi and burritos would be a novel combination. Three other Buredo locations are in the works for later this year, according to the website: 625 H St. NE in the Atlas District; 111 K St. NE in NoMa; and 10241 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, Md.

Art gallery moving from Northeast to Georgetown

A local artist collective will establish its first permanent gallery on Book Hill in Georgetown next month after three decades in numerous locations across the city. The collective is comprised of three working artists who have been together for more than 30 years, according to portrait artist Raye Leith, one of the collective members. The new space at 1662 33rd St. NW, provisionally known as Klagsb-

NW. “Anything that’s going to bring life to that block means more safety for neighborhood residents,” he said. The restaurant will have plenty of competition in the beer department, given that the Yard House space is next door to RFD Washington, a popular craft beer spot.

Acclaimed chef prepares Logan seafood restaurant

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Buredo offers sushi burritos in a fast-casual setting.

run Studios, will contain studios for Leith and her colleagues Micheline Klagsbrun and Joe Hall. The gallery will also host weekly drawing and painting sessions of the Tuesday Night Group, 12 artists who have met every Tuesday night for the last 32 years, Leith said. “We are thrilled to be in the arts district of Georgetown, surrounded by high-quality galleries and look forward to participating in First Friday Gallery Walks, as well as hosting some art classes and lectures ourselves,” Leith wrote in an email. The group spent five years in a larger space at its previous location — Union Arts at 411 New York Ave. NE, now being transformed into a boutique hotel. Members were previously situated at locations in Truxton Circle, Adams Morgan, Ivy City and downtown. The artists will close out their tenure in Northeast with a retrospective exhibit and sale on Feb. 25 from noon to 5 p.m., followed by a party from 5 to 9 p.m.

Restaurateur and chef Robert Wiedmaier, of Brasserie Beck and Marcel’s, plans to open a new seafood restaurant in Logan Circle this spring. The restaurant, Siren, will be part of the upcoming hotel The Darcy at 1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection. Wiedmaier’s plans for Siren come as he ends his contract with Brabo and Brabo Tasting Room at the Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria. The chef’s other local restaurants include Lock 72 Kitchen & Bar in Potomac; Wildwood Kitchen and Villain & Saint in Bethesda; and Mussel Bar & Grille in Baltimore. Wiedmaier told the Washington City Paper this week that he expects Siren to serve dishes like sole and turbot from the North Sea, Alaskan salmon, Japanese sea urchin and fish from Hawaii, along with finds from local waters such as rockfish, sugar toads and oysters. “We’re looking for the best of the best that we can find and local, too,” he said. The City Paper reported that chef John Critchley, who has headed the kitchen at Brine in Fairfax, Va., will lead the Siren kitchen. Meanwhile, Moez Ben Achour will serve as sommelier, focusing on wines from the Pacific Northwest along with Greece and Spain, the City Paper reported. Wiedmaier chose the name Siren in reference to “the seductive sailor-luring creatures of Greek mythology,” according to a release.

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Events Entertainment A Listing of What to Do in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, Feb. 15

Wednesday FEBRUARY 15 Special event ■ Disney on Ice will present “Dream Big,” featuring stories about eight Disney princesses as they embark on incredible adventures. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $85. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. The performance will repeat Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; and Monday at 12:30 p.m. Tours ■ Tudor Place will offer “Washington Dollar Days,” featuring discounted tours of the historic Georgetown mansion and an exhibition of its George Washington collection in honor of the first U.S. president’s birth month. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $1; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. “Washington Dollar Days” will continue through Feb. 28. Thursday,FEBRUARY Feb. 16 Thursday 16 Concerts ■ The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will present an evening of chamber music and solo performances. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “Seeing Deeper: In Full Bloom” will feature choral music with the Cathedral Singers, a 16-voice chorus. 7 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. ■ The National Symphony Orchestra and violinist Hilary Hahn will perform works by Mendelssohn, Strauss, Janácek and Dvorák. 7 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ Singer-songwriter Mark Mulch will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW.

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■ Big Mean Sound Machine and West End Blend will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The DC AfroLatino Caucus will host a discussion on “Strengthening HaitianDominican Relations.” 6 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. ■ Jerry Foust, collections and facilities manager at Dumbarton House, will discuss the current HVAC project taking place at the Georgetown landmark, including the approach, planning, operations and logistics of such a complex construction project as well as the challenges of packing, transporting, storing and reinstalling a collection of more than 1,000 precious objects. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ John B. Judis, an editor-at-large at Talking Points Memo and a former senior editor at The New Republic, will discuss his book “The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Bazaar Spices will present a session on “Spices 101: The Basics of How Spices Improve Health and Make Your Food Taste Wonderful!” 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Watha T. Daniel/ Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. ■ The Georgetown Book Club will host the first four sections of Hanya Yanagihara’s 2015 novel “A Little Life,” about four college friends into adulthood, focusing especially on the more fragile Jude, whose painful past reverberates throughout his life. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. ■ A two-day symposium on “Free Speech Legacies: The Pentagon Papers Revisited” will kick off with a conversation between Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and Georgetown University scholar in residence Sanford J. Ungar, author of “The Papers & The Papers: An Account of the Legal and

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UDC’s Theatre of the Arts. This widely praised French soprano, with her longtime collaborator at the piano, present a superbly assembled concert of French mélodies and German Lieder around the theme of dreams, including songs by Chausson, Debussy, Poulence, Mendelssohn, Strauss and Berg.

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Political Battle Over the Pentagon Papers.” 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. freespeechlegacies. The symposium will continue Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Films ■ The DC Independent Film Festival will feature Iranian director Sona Moghaddam’s movie “Masoumeh,” about a woman who tries to make a beautiful life with her son while also pursuing changes to her country’s laws after being attacked brutally with acid by her exhusband’s father a year and a half after their divorce, at 5:30 p.m.; and Michael DeVita’s movie “One Penny” (shown), about a young boy who is stripped of his privileged life and forced to live on the streets, at 8 p.m. $12 per screening. The Miracle Theater, 535 8th St. SE NW. The festival will continue through Feb. 20 at various venues. ■ The Phillips Collection will screen the 1952 film “Moulin Rouge,” which follows Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the city’s bohemian subculture in and around the burlesque palace, the Moulin Rouge. The screening will feature a cash bar and games inspired by the exhibition “Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque.” 6:30 p.m. $10 to $12; free for ages 18 and younger. Reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ The Library of Congress will present the 1940 film “The Mark of Zorro.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5502. Performances and readings ■ “Going for Freedom: True Accounts of Flight in Verse” — featuring Marcia E. Cole in costume and using monologue and original poetry — will recount dramatic and imaginative escapes on the Underground Railroad that highlight the daringness exhibited and the importance of collaboration with black and white sympathizers. A discussion of the outfit worn will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ A program on international literature will feature a reading by poet and writer Immanuel Mifsud. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-0379. ■ The producers of the Capital City Showcase will present “Glover Park Social: A Variety Open Mic,” a weekly program featuring comedians, musicians and performing artists. 8 p.m. Free. Mason Inn, 2408 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-431-4704. ■ American University will present William McNulty’s adaptation of “Dracula,” an action-packed, blood-soaked retelling of Bram Stoker’s classic tale of horror. 8 p.m. $10 to $15. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2587. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. ■ The Mask & Bauble Dramatic Soci-

Friday, FEBRUARY 17 ■ Concert: The Friday Noon Concert series will feature cellist Kacy Clopton. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202331-7282, ext. 3. ety will present its annual Donn B. Murphy One-Acts Festival. 8 p.m. $8 to $12. Stage III, Poulton Hall, Georgetown University, 1421 37th St. NW. Performances will continue through Feb. 25. Special events ■ The National Zoo’s “Bye Bye, Bao Bao” events — held in advance of the giant panda’s departure to China prior to her fourth birthday — will feature Bao Bao enjoying her favorite enrichment items. 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Free. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. The event will continue daily through Monday at the same times. ■ Via Umbria will host an Italian dinner party. 7 p.m. $75; reservations required. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The event will also be offered Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tour ■ “Gardener’s Focus: Preparing for Spring” will feature a tour led by Hillwood head grower Drew Asbury highlighting spring and summer blooms growing in the greenhouse. 1 to 1:30 p.m. $15 to $18; tickets distributed at the Visitor Center upon opening each day. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. The tour will repeat Feb. 17, 21, 23, 24 and 28 at 1 p.m. Friday,FEBRUARY Feb. 17 Friday 17 Children’s program ■ “Ciné-Mômes” will feature the French-Danish animated film “Tout en haut du monde,” about a young girl from the Russian aristocracy who searches for her grandfather and his ship when they fail to return from an expedition to the North Pole (for ages 8 and older). 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert featuring baritone Tae Kwak, saxophonist Ava Oaxaca, and pianists Jeongseon Choi and Yuniko Hara-

da. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. ■ D.C. organist Christopher Schmitt will present a recital featuring works by Beethoven and Chopin. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ The Friday Music Series will feature pianist Eunbi Kim performing works by jazz legend Fred Hersch. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. ■ Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform chamber works by Fauré, Beethoven and Saint-Saëns. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Jazz violinist Regina Carter will present “Simply Ella,” a celebration of the 100th birthday of her musical idol and inspiration, Ella Fitzgerald. 7 and 9 p.m. $50 to $65. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “Musica Spira” will feature soprano Grace Srinivasan and harpsichordist Paula Maust performing works by Purcell, Bourgeois, Royer, Phillips and Scarlatti. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $20 donation suggested. St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church, 2436 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-785-0982. ■ The Nashville-based powerhouse duo Towne will perform, at 8 p.m.; and soloist Ashleigh Chevalier will perform, at 10:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys. com. ■ The Band Band will present a tribute concert to the Band, and Better Off Dead will pay tribute to the Grateful Dead and the Jerry Garcia Band. 8 p.m. $20 to $22. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Agron Alibali will discuss his book “Faik Konitza: Encounters of a Washington Diplomat and His Lost Library,” about the life and work of the Albanian cultural luminary and pre-World War II Albanian minister to Washington. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. European Reading Room, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-4371. ■ Katherine Hill Winters, museum programs and collections associate, will discuss commemorative textiles as an affordable collector’s item celebrating historical people and events. 12:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ A Black History Month lecture will feature Howard University history professor Edna Greene Medford, a specialist in 19th-century United States history, with an emphasis on slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction. 3 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527. ■ Elinor Lipman will discuss her 11th novel, “On Turpentine Lane,” a classic romantic comedy. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. See Events/Page 21


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 20 202-364-1919. Films ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club’s “Cinema Night” will feature Sarah Gavron’s film “Suffragette,” starring Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter. Dinner at 6 p.m.; film at 7 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ The Library of Congress will present Henry Selick’s 1993 film “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” featuring a seamless marriage of music and animation. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-7075502. A family-friendly screening will take place Saturday at noon. ■ “Reel Affirmations XTRA: Washington, DC’s International LGBTQ Monthly Film Series” will feature C. Fitz’s film “Jewel’s Catch One,” about the oldest black-owned disco in America and the legacy of businesswoman and activist Jewel Thais-Williams. 7 to 10 p.m. $12 to $25. Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Performances ■ The Washington Improv Theater will present “Road Show: Wintry Mix,” a medley of company ensembles and special guests. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Performances will continue through Feb. 26 each Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with different lineups each night. ■ The Georgetown University Dance Company will perform a diverse program of works by professional and student choreographers, ranging from classical ballet to high-energy contemporary works. 8 p.m. $8 to $10. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Sale ■ The St. Alban’s Opportunity Shop will hold a half-price sale. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. St. Alban’s Opportunity Shop, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-966-5288. The sale will continue Saturday with the addition of a $7 bag sale. Special events ■ The National Museum of Women in the Arts will present a special Community Day with extended hours in honor of the new exhibitions “Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara” and “New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin.” 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. ■ Guy Mason Recreation Center will offer weekly bingo. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7703. ■ “Seeing Deeper: Picnic in the

Cathedral” will offer a chance to pack a basket and blanket and grab friends and family for an indoor picnic (no alcohol, glass or metal chairs). 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. ■ Alliance Française de Washington will present a wine and cheese happy hour. 7 p.m. $15 to $20. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Tour ■ The American University Museum will offer a docent-led tour of one of its winter exhibitions. 11:30 a.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. Saturday, Feb. 18

Saturday FEBRUARY 18 Book sale ■ The Mount Pleasant Library Friends will host a used-book sale, with donations accepted throughout the event. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. The sale will continue Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Children’s programs ■ The Kreeger Museum’s “First Studio: Story + Workshop” will feature a gallery tour of paintings, sculptures and architecture, as well as a story and a hands-on art-making experience (for ages 3 to 5). 10 to 11 a.m. $10 per child; registration required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202337-3050. ■ The Avalon Theatre’s Weekend Family Matinee series will feature the Australian film “Babe,” about a young pig who fights convention to become a sheep herder. 10 a.m. $6.50 to $8; free for children under 2. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-3464. ■ NSO Music for Young Audiences will present “Follow That Fiddle,” featuring National Symphony Orchestra musician Glenn Donnellan performing on the “Electric Slugger,” an electric violin made from a baseball bat (for ages 3 and older). 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. $20. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program on “Under African Skies,” a unique look at sub-Saharan Africa’s night sky and star stories in honor of Black History Month (for ages 7 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ The House of Sweden will host a weekly storytime for children and families to experience Swedish children’s literature. 2 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. www.swedenabroad. com/washington. ■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the solar system, the Milky Way and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Classes and workshops ■ The Mount Pleasant Library will present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10

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The National Museum of Women in the Arts will highlight the American Southwest in two exhibits

Collective, will open Friday at the DC Arts Center with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. An artists’ talk will take place March 12 at 5 p.m., and the show will continue through March 19. On EXHIBIT Featured artists include Héctor Cataño, Eric Celarier, Alexis Gomez, Sarah that will open Friday and continue Jamison, Ashley Ja’nae, Zofie Lang, through May 14. Kelly Posey, Katie Pumphrey, Renee “Border Crossing: Jami Porter Regan and Julie Willis. Lara” features Albuquerque, N.M. Located at 2438 18th St. NW, the based potter Lara’s sculptural reprecenter is open Wednesday through sentations of plastic bottles. The Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. 202-462works are inspired by a visit to the 7833. U.S.-Mexico border by the artist, when ■ “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Amershe noticed a similarity between icans and World War II,” commemoancient pottery she found there and rating the 75th anniversary of the plastic bottles discarded by migrants executive order that consigned Japamoving through the area. nese-Americans to internment camps “New Ground: The Southwest of during World War II, will open Friday Maria Martinez and at the National MuseLaura Gilpin” spotlights um of American Histhe friendship between tory and continue potter Martinez and through next January. photographer Gilpin, Located at 14th whose work from the Street and Constitution 1930s through the Avenue NW, the muse1970s brought the um is open daily from American Southwest 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. into focus as a culturally 202-633-1000. rich region that fostered ■ “Friends and Fashion: artistic expression. An American Diplomat “La Baronne de Located at 1250 in 1820s Russia,” highMeyendorf née New York Ave. NW, the lighting 45 watercolor d’Hogguer” is one museum is open Monand gouache portraits of the portraits day through Saturday from an album assemshown in a new from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. bled by the family of exhibit at Hillwood. politician and statesand Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission man Henry Middleton, costs $10 for adults and $8 for stuwill open Saturday at Hillwood dents and seniors; it is free for ages Estate, Museum and Gardens and 18 and younger. Free “Community continue through June 11. Presenting Days” are held the first Sunday of a picture of 19th-century diplomatic every month. 202-783-5000. life in St. Petersburg, Russia, the ■ “Process & Practice,” presenting exhibit also includes additional paintings, drawings, sculptures and objects, images and publications that mixed-media installations and assem- complement the portraits. Located at 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, blages by members of the Sparkplug a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122. ■ Volunteer teachers from the Washington English Center will hold a weekly conversational practice circle for adults who already have some English speaking ability. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-2431188. ■ The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will present a workshop on “Joy of Method: Research to Writing,” about how writers can cull the archive to enhance their work by finding inspiration that can bring a narrative to life. Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. ■ The Second City Training Center will present an improv workshop seeking to encourage teamwork and collaboration and to help participants build confidence, create a successful model of empathy for others, and become students of their own anxiety. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Concerts ■ The National Museum of the Ameri-

can Indian will host a concert by noted Garifuna artist and historian James Lovell. 2 p.m. Free. Potomac Atrium, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. ■ The American University Symphony Orchestra will host its annual Concerto and Aria Competition for undergraduates. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The competition will continue Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. ■ The choir from Trinity Episcopal Church in Binghamton, N.Y., and organist Timothy Edward Smith will perform works by Bairstow, Hampton, Kelly, Sowerby and Vaughan Williams. 7:30 p.m. Free; a free-will offering will benefit the Loaves & Fishes weekend lunch program. St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. 202-2320900. ■ The experimental chamber music ensemble Either/OR will present a program that explores the commonalities and distinctions among a wide range of composers from Anthony Braxton to Anna Thorvaldsdottir. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St.

This 1966 polychrome olla by Maria Martinez and Popovi Da is on display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students and $5 for ages 6 to 18; it is free for ages 5 and younger. 202-686-5807. ■ “1967: Civil Rights at 50,” telling the dramatic story of the growing militancy of the struggle for racial justice in 1967, opened recently at the Newseum. Continuing through Jan. 2, the exhibit combines photos and images of historic newspapers and magazines to explore how African-Americans used the First Amendment to fight for change. Located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $22.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors and $13.95 for ages 7 through 18; it is free for ages 6 and younger. 888639-7386. ■ “Into the Arctic,” presenting 50 oil paintings and two documentary films from four Arctic expeditions by Cory Trépanier, opened recently at the Embassy of Canada, where it will continue through Feb. 28. Located at 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the embassy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-682-1740. SE. 202-707-5502. A free pre-concert lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. ■ New Orleans Suspects (shown) and Bonerama will perform. 8 p.m. $22.50 to $32.50. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. ■ The blues quartet Hard Swimmin’ Fish will perform, at 8 p.m.; and the duo Take Two will perform, at 10:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. ■ “An Evening With Jazz Is Phsh” will feature members of the Trey Anastasio Band, Pretty Lights, Kung Fu and more. 9 p.m. $15 to $20. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The National Park Service will present a program on the diverse roles women of color played during the American Civil War. Noon. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ Bill Hayes will discuss his book “Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and See Events/Page 22

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Continued From Page 21 Me.” 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Jennie Gosche, founder of Polar Bear Pals, will present photographs from her recent trip to Kaktovik on the Northern coast of Barter Island, Alaska, and discuss the impact of climate change as experienced by the area’s people and polar bears. Photos will be available for sale with part of the proceeds going toward Alaskan wildlife and environmental conservation organizations. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. ■ Washington National Opera artistic director Francesca Zambello and other members of the creative team of “Dead Man Walking” and “Champion” will discuss bringing these two new productions to the stage. 5:30 p.m. $10. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Meredith Wadman, a longtime journalist covering biomedical research politics, will discuss his book “The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease,” about the breakthroughs that led to the desperately needed vaccine against rubella as well as the many political battles that nearly blocked the work. 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Family programs ■ “Discover Engineering Family Day” will feature opportunities to launch rockets, build towers, make slime, pop popcorn and more (activities appropriate for ages 6 through 12 with adult supervision). 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448. ■ Presidential Family Fun Day will feature games, music, crafts and stovepipe-hat workshops led by staff members from President Lincoln’s Cottage; a guided tour in the iconic “America’s Presidents” exhibition with senior historian David C. Ward; and appearances by the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Films ■ “El Pueblo: Searching for Contemporary Latin America” will present “From 7+(:25/')$0286



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Events Entertainment Passage to Chronicle,” featuring recent short films from Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Colombia that explore long-term, local effects of political decisions made many years earlier. 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-8426799. ■ “Reseeing Iran: Twenty-First Annual Iranian Film Festival” will feature Kamran Heidari’s 2014 documentary “Dingomaro,” about Hamid Said, one of the most successful musicians from the south Iranian province of Hormozgan. 2 p.m. Free. Lecture Hall, National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. ■ “El Pueblo: Searching for Contemporary Latin America” will present “Theater of Conflict,” featuring the Chilean film “Somos +,” depicting an organized act of political resistance carried out by women during the era of the Pinochet regime; and short films chronicling a very different sociopolitical climate, in which forms of protest have become reliable fixtures of the street and the public plaza. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-842-6799. ■ A film series about artists will feature “F Is for Fake,” the last major film completed by Orson Welles, who directed, co-wrote and starred in the witty and subversive look at fakery and forgery. 3 to 5 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ “Reseeing Iran: Twenty-First Annual Iranian Film Festival” will feature Reza Dormishian’s 2016 film “Lantouri,” about a female criminal-rights activist who is injured by a gang member and demands justice through the concept in Islamic law known as “lex talionis,” an eye for an eye. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-8426799. Performance ■ Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble will present “Hot Strings and Flying Feet,” a journey through the roots and branches of iconic Americana, integrating live music, song and dance to illuminate connections between cultures. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Special events ■ DC Greens will present “Rooting DC,” a gardening forum about efforts to grow a healthier food system in the nation’s capital. The event will include workshops, cooking and food preservation demonstrations, and panel discussions on youth gardening, nutrition, sustainable growing techniques and healthy food access. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 donation suggested; reservations required. Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. ■ Rabbi Mark Novak will present “Minyan Oneg Shabbat: A Prayerful/Playful Jewish Renewal Community,” featuring a joy-filled morning of song and silence followed by a potluck vegetarian lunch. 10 a.m. Free. Chevy Chase Pres-

byterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-362-3270. Tours and walks ■ The tour “Jewels of Light: Stained Glass” will explore the Washington National Cathedral’s windows and the tales they tell (for ages 10 and older). 2 p.m. $18 to $22; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. The tour will also be offered on Thursday at 3 p.m. ■ In conjunction with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s exhibit “District II,” a walking tour on “Race, Space, and the Power of Place on Mt. Vernon Square” will examine the exterior of the Carnegie Library — one of the District’s first desegregated spaces — and explore how concepts of race and difference impact how citizens are allowed, prohibited, discouraged or encouraged to share space. 2 to 2:45 p.m. $10; reservations required. Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. The tour will also be offered on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. ■ Washington Walks and tour guide Brian Kraft will present the seventh annual “Columbia Heights Historical Drinkabout,” featuring an exploration of the neighborhood with stops at several of its cafes and bars. 2 to 5 p.m. $20 to $25. Details provided upon registration. Sunday,FEBRUARY Feb. 19 Sunday 19 Book signing ■ Educator and researcher Claudia Friddell will discuss her book “Totally True Adventures! George Washington’s Spies.” 1 to 4 p.m. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-3937798. Children’s programs ■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the season’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ Children will hear a story about Frederick Douglass and then create a special piece of art. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Class ■ The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on meditation. 10 and 11:30 a.m. $6 to $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. Concerts ■ The self-conducted orchestra A Far Cry and the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth (shown) will perform music by Ted Hearne, Prokofiev and Caroline Shaw. 3:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, West Building, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The National Presbyterian Church will host the James Madison University Chorale and Symphony Orchestra in a Presidents Day concert. 4 p.m. Free. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. concert-series. ■ The German piano trio Morgen-

Saturday, FEBRUARY 18 ■ Discussion: Jennifer Ryan will discuss her debut novel, “The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir,” a spirited evocation of village life in England during World War II. 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

stern will perform selections by Germaine Tailleferre, Pierre Jalbert, Lili Boulanger and Maurice Ravel. 4 p.m. $20 to $40; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. events. ■ Guest organist Vaughn Mauren from St. James’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford, Conn., will present a recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. ■ “At-One-Ment,” a music and spoken word performance, will feature guitarist Dave Ross, trumpeter Eriq Robinson, and drummer and spoken word performer William Hooker. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Washington Performing Arts and the Choral Arts Society of Washington will present “Living the Dream … Singing the Dream,” celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and featuring the presentation of a humanitarian award to Ruby Bridges, the first black student to attend William Frantz Public School in New Orleans in 1960. 7 p.m. $25 to $70. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202785-9727. ■ Grand Ole’ Ditch and Dead Men’s Hollow will perform. 8 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Brooks D. Simpson, professor of history at Arizona State University specializing in studies of the American Civil War, will discuss his book “Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, 18221865.” 10 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 16th and H streets NW. 202347-8766. ■ Matthew Zeller, co-founder of the nonprofit group No One Left Behind, will speak about its efforts to help Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters resettle safely in the United States. 10:30 a.m.

Free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. ■ Philip E. Auerswald, professor of public policy at George Mason University and co-founder of the journal Innovations, will discuss his book “The Code Economy: A Forty-Thousand Year History.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Paula Mays will lead a discussion of “Good Versus Evil” in the context of two books by prolific British author C.S. Lewis: “Mere Christianity,” a profound theological work, and “The Screwtape Letters,” a work of fantasy fiction. 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. registrations@ The discussion will continue Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. ■ Former Smithsonian curator and jazz musician John Hasse will discuss the work of his friend, jazz photographer Herman Leonard. 3 p.m. Free. Meet at the entrance to the exhibition “In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard,” National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Charles Cumming will discuss his eighth mystery, “A Divided Spy,” the concluding volume of a trilogy featuring a former M16 officer who can’t leave espionage behind until he’s resolved some lingering issues concerning the Kremlin. 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ “Calling, Service, and Justice: Stories From Spiritual Entrepreneurs,” a monthly speaker series, will feature a talk on urban farming in D.C. by Gail Taylor, owner and operator of Three Part Harmony Farm. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. The series will continue March 19, April 30 and May 21. Films ■ “El Pueblo: Searching for Contemporary Latin America” will present “Labor Is Absence,” including two Mexican films that offer contrasting approaches to the interrelated issues of the dehumanization of the worker and the mediation of human labor. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-842-6799. ■ “Sweden on the Screen” will feature Nora Martens’ documentary “Martha & Niki,” a homage to dance, friendships and hip-hop. 2 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. www.swedenabroad. com/washington. ■ The third annual “Voices From the Holy Land Film Series” — sponsored by the Jerusalem Companion Diocese Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ and Grace Presbyterian Church, and supported by 31 local interfaith organizations — will feature the documentary “Two Blue Lines,” an exploration of the passionate dispute among Israeli citizens about their government’s occupation of Palestine. A discussion moderSee Events/Page 23

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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 22 ated by American University professorial lecturer Barbara Wien and a Q&A with producer Tom Hayes will follow. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. The film series will continue Feb. 26, March 9, March 26 and April 2 at 2:30 p.m. â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Art will present a cinĂŠ-concert screening of the 1930s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pancho Villaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Revenge.â&#x20AC;? The Secret Quartet with vocalists Kiko Rodriguez and Tania Rodriguez Glenn will perform live music. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-842-6799. Performances and readings â&#x2013;  Opera Lafayette will present the modern premiere of Pierre Gaveaux and Jean-Nicolas Bouillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opĂŠra comique â&#x20AC;&#x153;LĂŠonore, ou lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amour conjugal,â&#x20AC;? about a political prisoner who awaits death in his cell and woman who puts herself in mortal danger to seek justice. 3 p.m. $25 to $150. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202994-6800. A pre-performance discussion with conductor Ryan Brown will begin at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  Teatro de la Luna will present a reading of Leora Lihachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madres de la RevoluciĂłn/Mothers of the Revolutionâ&#x20AC;? (in English). 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-882-6227. â&#x2013;  Petworth Citizen and Upshur Street Books will present the DC Literary Open Mic, featuring writers sharing poetry, a story or a piece of flash fiction. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Reading Room, Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St. NW. petworthcitizen. com. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Kind of Love,â&#x20AC;? a monthly program, will feature readings by emerging and established poets, followed by an open mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  A reading for the new anthology â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crushâ&#x20AC;? will feature Cathy Alter, Michelle Brafman (shown), David Keplinger, Carolyn Parkhurst and Dave Singleton. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St. NW. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Day of Remembranceâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; commemorating the date in 1942 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature video clips from a digital storytelling project by high school students, who will engage with former detainees in a panel discussion led by author and filmmaker Karen Ishizuka. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Monday,FEBRUARY Feb. 20 Monday 20 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  Mr. Banjo Man will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rise + Rhyme,â&#x20AC;? a storytelling and performance

series for ages 5 and younger. 9:30 to 11 a.m. $5 per child. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-7260856. Concerts â&#x2013; Music Celebrations International will present the Capital Orchestra Festival 2017, featuring the Perry Chamber Orchestra of Gilbert, Ariz.; the Cherry Hill East Symphony Orchestra of Cherry Hill, N.J.; and the Westmont College Orchestra of Santa Barbara, Calif. 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 800-395-2036. â&#x2013;  Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will feature the all-female Aizuri Quartet performing works by Beethoven, Webern, Caroline Shaw and Mendelssohn. 7:30 p.m. $45. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, will discuss his new book â&#x20AC;&#x153;America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation,â&#x20AC;? a parody of relationship and self-help books and a serious analysis of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political and economic dysfunction. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Joel Whitney, co-founder and editor-at-large of Guernica, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finks: How the C.I.A. Tricked the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Writers,â&#x20AC;? about the dangers of interaction between the media and a government preoccupied with national security. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  A multimedia presentation on the history of the Venice Ghetto will precede a talk by Italian scholars Martina Massaro and Cristiana Facchini on the immediate aftermath of the end of the ghetto era. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. www.iicwashington. â&#x2013;  The Engaged Citizen Book Group will focus on immigration in a discussion that will address â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Devilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Highway: A True Storyâ&#x20AC;? by Luis Alberto Urrea, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americanahâ&#x20AC;? by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bearsâ&#x20AC;? by Dinaw Mengestu. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St. NW. Film â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present a screening of the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Thousand & One Journeys: The Arab Americans,â&#x20AC;? the untold story of almost 200 years of the contributions of those who immigrated to the United States from the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Performances â&#x2013;  Playwright and author Tom Minter will stage his original play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blues for a Royal Flush,â&#x20AC;? a riff of memory and music that surrounds Duke Ellington as he reaches for a new direction with inspira-

Monday, FEBRUARY 20 â&#x2013; Discussion: Politics and Prose will present a talk by short-story writer George Saunders on his first novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincoln in the Bardo,â&#x20AC;? as well as a dramatic reading from the book by Saunders and a cast of D.C. actors. 7 p.m. $28 to $30 for one ticket and a copy of the book. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. tion from artists such as Lena Horne, Ethel Waters and Billy Strayhorn. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Laugh Index Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Improv Wars,â&#x20AC;? a friendly competition among improv troupes, with the audience voting for the winner. 8 p.m. $8 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Sale â&#x2013;  The St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Opportunity Shop will open for special Presidents Day hours. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Opportunity Shop, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-966-5288. Special event â&#x2013;  Artist and teacher Clay Hollenkamp will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picture Painting Partyâ&#x20AC;? fundraiser for adults and students in at least the seventh grade. Proceeds will benefit the Hope Secondary School, a mission project of Dumbarton United Methodist Church. 2 to 4 p.m. $35 per person; reservations required. Dumbarton United Methodist Church Social Hall, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-333-7212. Tuesday, Feb. 21 Tuesday FEBRUARY 21 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  Discovery Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Old Is a Hero?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an uplifting play about young people who helped change the nation by their heroic actions during the Civil Rights era (recommended for ages 6 through 11). 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. $3 to $8. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. The program will repeat Wednesday at 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Thursday at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; and Friday at 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will present a weekly Lego Playtime and Engineering Challenge Program (for ages 4 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  A certified yoga instructor will lead a walk-in gentle yoga class targeted to ages 55 and older. 10 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-

0232. â&#x2013; The Georgetown Library will present a walk-in yoga class practicing introductory viniyasa techniques. 11:15 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  Lindsey Crawford of Yoga District will present a yoga class for beginners. 1 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services Inc. will present a refresher workshop on the pros and cons of reverse mortgages. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7006. Concerts â&#x2013;  As part of the Tuesday Concert Series, the Shepherd Trio â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring soprano Mandi Harper, clarinetist Sara Wollmacher and pianist Elizabeth Brown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will explore the beauty and diversity of music written for the unique combination of soprano, clarinet and piano, including Schubertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shepherd on the Rock.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  D.C. native and harmonicist Avon Dews will present an evening of music infused with jazz, funk and blues. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Vocal Arts DC will present French soprano Sandrine Piau (shown) and pianist Susan Manoff performing German lieder by Mendelssohn, Berg and Strauss and French melodies by Chausson, Poulenc and Debussy. 7:30 p.m. $50. Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-785-9727.

â&#x2013; Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge will host its weekly open mic show with Silky Dave. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Christopher Phillips, senior lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Law Library of Congress will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understanding Seclusion: The Legal Dimensions of the Ghetto,â&#x20AC;? commemorating the 500th anniversary since the establishment of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-6462. â&#x2013;  Musicologist Saul Lilienstein will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Young Beethovenâ&#x20AC;? as part of a course on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haydn and His Famous Student.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. $25 to $35. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Martin Bayly, postdoctoral fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taming the Imperial Imagination: How the British Empire Came to Know Afghanistan, and Why it Matters.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations See Events/Page 24

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Continued From Page 23 required. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. â&#x2013; Sophie Roche of the University of Heidelberg will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Moscow Cathedral Mosque in the Life of Migrants From Central Asia.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Peter C. Myers, professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extremism in the Defense of Liberty: Martin Luther Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Letter From a Birmingham Jail,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? about the civil rights leaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reflections on the nature of moral and political moderation. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hughes Formal Lounge, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-6263. â&#x2013;  Allison Arkell Stockman, co-founder and artistic director of Constellation Theater Company, will join young actors Dallas Tolentino and Megan Graves to discuss their production of the Broadway hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peter and the Starcatcher.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute, will discuss his debut novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shining City,â&#x20AC;? a fast-paced thriller about the Washington political scene. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  The Capitol Hill Village will present a community dialogue led by USA Today politics editor Paul Singer on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Race, Education and Segregation: Looking at the Past to Inform the Future,â&#x20AC;? featuring a talk by L. Marie Guillory on her journey through an African-American childhood in the segregated South, her life as a nun working on school integration, her path to becoming a lawyer, and her lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work in social justice. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Northeast Library, 330 7th St. NE. 202-543-1778.

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Events Entertainment â&#x2013; Economist Michael Hudson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;J is for Junk Economics: A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception,â&#x20AC;? about ways that mainstream economic vocabulary has been contorted to obscure the way financial giants extract wealth from rest of the economy. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion writer Robin Givhan will interview haute couture designers who have contributed to the National Museum of African American History and Cultureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collections, including B Michael, whose designs have been worn by such renowned actresses as Cicely Tyson and Phylicia Rashad. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Oprah Winfrey Theater, National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  John Feffer will discuss his dystopian novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Splinterlands,â&#x20AC;? a look backward from the year 2050 at what went wrong. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. Films â&#x2013;  The 28th annual Black Film Festival will feature the 2009 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nine Lives of Marion Barry,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m.; and the 2016 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loving,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Bread & Roses labor series will feature a screening of Ava DuVernayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;13th,â&#x20AC;? about the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prisons are disproportionately filled with AfricanAmericans. Carmen Berkley, director of civil, human and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights at the AFL-CIO, will make introductory remarks. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. dclaborfest13th.

â&#x2013; Bistro Bohemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Film and Beerâ&#x20AC;? series, which presents Czech musicals and comedies of the 20th century, will screen director ZdenÄ&#x203A;k Podskalskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1969 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Men About Town,â&#x20AC;? about three newcomers to Prague who decide to have a night on the town at the exclusive Diplomat Grill. 6:45 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Bistro Bohem, 600 Florida Ave. NW. 202-735-5895. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Institutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Recovering Voices Initiative will start its second annual Mother Tongue Film Festival with an opening night screening of Tadashi Nakamuraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2016 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mele Murals,â&#x20AC;? about two world-famous graffiti artists who are tasked with teaching the art of â&#x20AC;&#x153;writingâ&#x20AC;? to students at a charter school in Hawaii. 7 p.m. Free. Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. The festival will continue through Feb. 25 with screenings at various venues. â&#x2013;  The Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Washington Improv Theater will present Ferne Pearlsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2016 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Laugh,â&#x20AC;? which pairs clips from films, performances and interviews with top comedians and prominent Jewish leaders to explore whether humor can be found in the Holocaust. 7:30 p.m. $13.50. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Meeting â&#x2013;  Recovery International will host a small group meeting for people coping with issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, stress, anger, fear and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-2680. Performances and readings â&#x2013;  PEN/Faulkner Fiction will present readings by two writers who explore the human implications of a landscape edging toward doom: Nathaniel Rich, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Odds Against Tomorrow,â&#x20AC;? and Kate Walbert, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sunken Cathedral.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. â&#x2013;  The Washington Improv Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harold Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature long-form improv performances by various ensembles. 8 and 9 p.m. By donation. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Wednesday FEBRUARY 22

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; The West End Interim Library will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Iron Giantâ&#x20AC;? as part of a monthly film series for children and families (for ages 4 and older). 3:30 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Kripalu yoga teacher Eva Blutinger will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoga in the Galleriesâ&#x20AC;? class. 10 a.m. $5 to $10. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave.

Tuesday, FEBRUARY 21 â&#x2013; Discussion: D.C. author Ursula Werner will discuss her debut novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Good at Heart,â&#x20AC;? which takes place over three days when World War II comes to the doorstep of an ordinary German family living in an idyllic, rural village near the Swiss border â&#x20AC;&#x201D; inspired by Wernerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discoveries about her greatgrandfather. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3871400. NW. 202-885-1300. â&#x2013;  A four-part seminar series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lethal Action: Deadly Plots, Silenced Voices, and Epic Failsâ&#x20AC;? will conclude with a session by FBI historian John Fox on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walter Krivitsky Checks Out,â&#x20AC;? about the one-time head of Soviet military intelligence for Western Europe who did the unthinkable by breaking with Joseph Stalin in the late 1930s. 10:15 a.m. $25 to $35. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Guy Mason Recreation Center will offer a weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gentle Gyrokinesisâ&#x20AC;? class to improve posture, balance and agility. 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7736. â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services Inc. will present a foreclosure prevention clinic for D.C. residents. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Instructor Andrea McCabe will present a weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoga for Allâ&#x20AC;? class. 7 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7703. â&#x2013;  Instructor Tara Bishop will lead a weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoga for Allâ&#x20AC;? restorative yoga practice. 7:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. Concerts â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will host a concert of music for strings and piano by Jeffrey Mumford. 12:10 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, West Building, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Composer and musician Andrew Earle Simpson will perform an original score set to a silent film, which will project above the stage. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Acoustic hip-hop group Richie Ray will perform, at 7:30 p.m.; and the threepiece band Tanner Carlton & the Bottle Shop will perform, at 10 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  Displaying a rare and delicate mixture of hip composition, harmony and improvisation, the fusion-influenced

group Snarky Puppy will make its Kennedy Center debut with the NSO Pops. 8 p.m. $25 to $75. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mason Batesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s KC Jukebox: Music & Instruments of Victor Gamaâ&#x20AC;? will feature the renowned composer and instrument builder Victor Gama in a performance that will include a piece informed by his upbringing in Angola, performed on an array of beautifully constructed instruments. 8 p.m. $19. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Gang of Thieves and Box Era will perform. 8:30 p.m. $8. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Curatorial assistant Stephanie Midon will discuss several works in the special exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. â&#x2013;  Mark Speltz will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South,â&#x20AC;? about the history of the civil rights movement. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Richard Verma, outgoing U.S. ambassador to India, and Victor Cha, director of Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Asian Studies Program, will discuss the role that middle powers such as South Korea and India play on the world stage and the questions that these countries face in an increasingly connected world. Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conference Room, Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group will meet. 2 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  Fahad Bishara, assistant professor of history at the University of Virginia, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Re-Centering the Bazaar: Notes Toward a History of Capitalism in the Islamic World.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Victoria Redel, professor at Sarah Lawrence College and author of three books of poetry and four books of fiction, will discuss poetry and prose. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free. McGhee Library, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. cjc. â&#x2013;  Bleddyn Bowen, a lecturer at the Defence Studies Department at Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College London, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wrath of Mahan: Space Warfare on the Cosmic Coastline.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The World Affairs Council will host a book talk by consultant and Middle East Institute scholar Roby Barrett, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gulf and the Struggle for Hegemony: Arabs, Iranians, and the West In Conflict.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free; registration requested. Horizon Ballroom, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-293-1051. â&#x2013;  Alicia Montgomery, news director at WAMU 88.5 FM, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donald J. Trump: An Assessment of the First 100 Days of His Presidency.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. See Events/Page 25

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Continued From Page 24 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013; Cynthia Barnett will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rain: A Natural and Cultural History.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400. â&#x2013;  Kelly Beatty, senior editor for Sky & Telescope magazine, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;There Goes the Sun: A Total-Solar-Eclipse Countdown,â&#x20AC;? featuring an overview of the nature of solar eclipses, a history of important past ones in U.S. history, and helpful advice for seeing this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event safely and successfully. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Katie Kitamura will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Separation,â&#x20AC;? a story of emotional intimacy and betrayal. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  The University of the District of Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;JAZZforumâ&#x20AC;? will feature a talk by trombonist and jazz historian David Sager on the first jazz recording and the events leading up to and following that historic event in 1917. 7 p.m. Free. Recital Hall, Building 46-West, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.

â&#x2013; The Georgetown Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Twentythirtysomething Book Club â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a group for younger adults ages 21 and older â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race,â&#x20AC;? edited by Jesmyn Ward. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Mad Fox Tap Room, 2218 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freedom Fightersâ&#x20AC;? documentary series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall & the NAACP.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. â&#x2013;  An Age-Friendly DC film event for seniors will feature a screening of the 2014 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Theory of Everything,â&#x20AC;? starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in a tale of the love between physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. Noon. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Media That Matterâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hate Rising,â&#x20AC;? a documentary inspired by the incident in which Mexican-born journalist Jorge Ramos was ejected from a Donald Trump press conference and told by then-presidential

candidate to â&#x20AC;&#x153;go back to Univision.â&#x20AC;? A post-screening panel discussion will feature director Catherine Tambini, sound recordist Peter Miller and cinematographer Larry Engel. 6:30 p.m. Free. Doyle/ Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; The National Archivesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 13th annual showcase of Academy Award-nominated documentaries and short subjects will kick off with â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Am Not Your Negroâ&#x20AC;? by Raoul Peck, RĂŠmi Grellety and HĂŠbert Peck. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5924. Screenings of the nominees will continue through Feb. 26. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center will host a screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kenwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey,â&#x20AC;? about the journey of the Kenwood Academy Jazz Band to the stage of Orchestra Hall in Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Symphony Center, where they were to play a score written specifically for them by eminent jazz pianist Jason Moran. A post-screening panel discussion will feature Moran, the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic director for jazz. 7 p.m. $12. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Performances and readings â&#x2013;  As part of the Homegrown Concert series, Urban Artistry artists will share the rich traditions of their cultural communities in a series of dance battles, set to the beats of DJ Baronhawk Poitier. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-1743. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Legacy of Harriet Tubmanâ&#x20AC;?

Wednesday, FEBRUARY 22 â&#x2013; Discussion: April Ryan, a longtime White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Network, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Mamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. will feature actress Cortenia Smith in a one-woman show about the legendary former slave, abolitionist and hero who defined courage and strength. 1 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-5416100. â&#x2013;  Sound That Inspires Conscious Souls will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weapon of Choice,â&#x20AC;? a deeply immersive reflection of the influences that shape our identity narrated through soundscapes, storytelling, music and poetry. 4 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-

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Continued From Page 25 ton artifacts inherited, purchased and carefully curated by the Peter family â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature light refreshments and a chance to view furniture, art and personal objects. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $10 to $25; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. Thursday,FEBRUARY Feb. 23 Thursday 23 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; In honor of Black History Month, the February Film Series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ruby Bridgesâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 4 through 12). 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  The West End Interim Library will host an all-levels yoga class. 6 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  The Phillips Collection will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Draftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Sketch,â&#x20AC;? a hands-on drawing workshop inspired by Toulouse-Lautrecâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic interest in capturing the heart of the Parisian nightlife. Attendees will examine the works in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Ă&#x2030;poqueâ&#x20AC;? during a tour led by a teaching artist, then head to a local bar to learn basic drawing skills while enjoying a pint or two. 6 p.m. $13 to $25; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Luce Unplugged series will feature brushes, a D.C. band that blends lounge-punk and woozy guitar rock. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Luce Foundation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will present an evening of chamber music and solo performances. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

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Events Entertainment â&#x2013; Vocalist Leesah Stiles will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  Sun-Dried Vipes and I&I Riddim will perform. 9 p.m. $8 to $10. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Gardening and cooking writer Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasonal Soups,â&#x20AC;? featuring two new recipes. Noon and 12:50 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202225-8333. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Robert McNeely, official White House photographer during the presidency of Bill Clinton, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Making of Hillary Clinton: The White House Years.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at noon; program at 12:30 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. â&#x2013;  Susan McDonic, assistant professor of sociology at American University, will present a talk titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buddhist Lessons for Living in a Precarious World.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 2 p.m. Free. Atrium, Battelle-Tompkins Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2583. â&#x2013;  Sharmila Sen, executive editor-atlarge at Harvard University Press, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Losing and Finding Your Way in the Humanities,â&#x20AC;? about her varied and accomplished career as a scholar and academic publisher. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Oak Room, Fellowship House, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1700 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Neighbors or a Closed Door?: The Refugee Crisis in Americaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Capitol Hill residents Karen Getman, Brendan Danaher and Kathryn

Tobias about their work with a multi-faith initiative to assist new refugee families. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013; Architecture and design editor and writer Zahid Sardar will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gardens of Secret Delight: French Gardens Before and After Hausmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paris,â&#x20AC;? about how the melding of classical French symmetry with asymmetrical British landscape notions led to modern Parisian park forms and a new urban infrastructure. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $7 to $20; free for Hillwood members. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Kimberly Zarecor, professor of architecture at Iowa State University, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required by Feb. 22. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. booktalkwithkimberly. â&#x2013;  The American Society for Microbiologyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Microbes After Hoursâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a book talk by veteran medical journalist Meredith Wadman, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. American Society for Microbiology Headquarters, 1752 N St. NW. â&#x2013;  Eric Puchner will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last Day on Earth.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400. â&#x2013;  Margaux Bergen will discuss her self-enrichment book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Navigating Life: Lessons I Wish My Mother Had Told Me.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. â&#x2013;  Australian artist Marley Dawson will discuss his art with Vesela


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Thursday, FEBRUARY 23 â&#x2013; Demonstration: As part of the President Woodrow Wilson Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centennial commemoration of World War I, food writer and blogger Cathy Barrow â&#x20AC;&#x201D; author of the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mrs. Wheelbarrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Practical Pantryâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will demonstrate canning with tips on modern food preservation. 5:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. President Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. SretenoviÄ&#x2021;, senior curator of modern and contemporary art at the Phillips Collection. 6:30 p.m. $12; free for members and students. Reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Washington City Paper film critic Noah Gittell will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Red-Carpet Night With Oscarâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a wide-ranging discussion of the Academy Awards, from their history to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nominations. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  In honor of Black History Month, author and researcher C.R. Gibbs will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Assault on Jim Crow Education: Black Teens in the Civil Rights Movement.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Interim Library, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  Jewish Lit Live will present a book talk by novelist Elizabeth Poliner, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Close to Us as Breathing,â&#x20AC;? about a sprawling but close-knit Jewish family. 7 p.m. Free. Amphitheater, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-7470. â&#x2013;  Israeli writer Assaf Gavron â&#x20AC;&#x201D; author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hilltop,â&#x20AC;? a sprawling, daring novel about the Israeli-occupied West Bank â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contemporary Writing in Israel: Can You Avoid Politics?â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Butler Board Room, Butler Pavilion, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Jean E. Snyder will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harry T. Burleigh: From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance,â&#x20AC;? about Burleighâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life from his Pennsylvania childhood through his 50-year tenure as soloist at St. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church in Manhattan. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Matt Karp, assistant professor of

Films â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Textiles at Twelveâ&#x20AC;? series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt,â&#x20AC;? a video and blog series by NPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Planet Moneyâ&#x20AC;? team that chronicles the journey of an ordinary shirt from cotton farm to finished product. Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-9945200. â&#x2013;  The Korean Cultural Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s K-Cinema series will present Jang Jae-hyunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2015 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Priests,â&#x20AC;? a spooky Korean twist on supernatural horror. Appetizer social at 6 p.m.; film at 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Independent Lens will present the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bad Kids,â&#x20AC;? about an alternative program for at-risk students in an impoverished Mojave Desert community. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Film in Focusâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Steve Apkonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2016 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disturbing the Peace,â&#x20AC;? about a group of former enemy combatants â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Israeli soldiers from the most elite units, and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who have come together to challenge the status quo. A Q&A with Apkon, former director of New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famed Jacob Burns Film Center, will follow. 8 p.m. $7 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-3464. Performances â&#x2013;  The Shakespeare Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happenings Happy Hourâ&#x20AC;? series will present Furia Flamenca showcasing the passion, style and craft of Spanish dancing. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Forum, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. â&#x2013;  American University will present Rodgers and Hammersteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Allegro: A Musical.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $10 to $15. Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  The Kosciuszko Foundation will celebrate Fat Thursday by selling powdered sugar and glazed paczki. Noon to 6 p.m. $3 apiece. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. 202-785-2320. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Field Notes: New Orleansâ&#x20AC;? will feature National Geographic explorers and photographers Caroline Gerdes, Victoria Herrmann, Tyrone Turner, and Kris Davidson sharing stories of resilience, recovery, hope and healing in the Crescent City. Happy hour at 5:30 p.m.; program at 6:30 p.m. $15. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will host an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adult Coloringâ&#x20AC;? event. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.





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HERITAGE: Indian restaurant moves up north from Glover Park CONGRESS

From Page 19

Owners Sanjeev and Mitul Tuli previously had Heritage India restaurants in several other neighborhoods as well. A Dupont Circle location at 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW closed in 2012 after its lease expired, and another one at 1633 P St. NW shut its doors in fall 2014. A Foggy Bottom spot at 1901 Pennsylvania Ave. NW opened in 2012 but shut down in the wake of a Jan. 3, 2015, stabbing at the New Zanzibar nightclub that was holding events at the restaurant. The new Heritage India has stepped into a space rich with history. The Zebra Room lasted there 35 years and hosted high-profile guests like the Kennedy and Marriott

families, according to Richard Lake, son of the restaurant’s owner Hal Lake. Richard Lake — who recently purchased the Fannie Mae headquarters nearby as a founding principal at Roadside Development — used to work at Zebra Room during high school and college along with his three brothers. “It was one of those places where everybody knew everybody. The restaurant was really proprietary,” Richard Lake said in an interview. “It wasn’t really about the food. It was really about Hal. His stories, his ability to sit down with you and recall all the things about you.” The restaurant’s signature dish, the Zebra, consisted of a pizza so large it could feed more than 10 people, Lake said. His father, now 88, made a point to sit down at

each table and commit his guests’ life stories to memory. When Hal Lake closed the restaurant, he instructed his sons to handdeliver one of its tables to a frequent customer who lived nearby. “It was a neighborhood place that pretty much the whole neighborhood went to,” said Lake. For Tuli, the open space there represented an opportunity to bring Indian food to the neighborhood. The time had simply come to move on from Glover Park, Tuli said. Heritage India will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

HILLYER: Historic home

From Page 11

Photo courtesy of HomeVisit

The dining room has an arched display case with a panel that swings away to reveal a bedroom.

house is ideally situated, literally steps away from the Phillips Collection and the art galleries and restaurants of Dupont Circle, and two blocks from the neighborhood’s Metro station. The property at 2030 Hillyer Place NW — including a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath owner’s residence and two apartments — is listed for $4,950,000 with Long & Foster and Christie’s International. For details, contact Ingrid Suisman at 202-257-9492 or For a virtual tour, visit

FILM: ‘Painted City’ highlights value of public art From Page 11

Carroll met Frank over lunch to interview her for a blog post about the D.C. flag, then sprang her documentary idea on her right before the meal ended. The film follows Frank as she interviews residents and traces the history of several murals, including one at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW depicting the neighborhood’s Latino history. Carroll and her filmmaking partner Brad Forder eschewed voiceover narration and other onscreen exposition to keep the focus squarely on Frank’s work and her colorful personality. “We’re not really flashy or very stylized filmmakers,” Carroll said. “We’re more interested in having an authentic, truthful depiction of characters.” The 25-minute film caught the attention of judges at the D.C. Independent Film Festival, who culled more than 2,200 submissions this year down to 62, plus 11 films from high school students, according to executive director Deirdre Evans-Pritchard.

sents Montgomery County, Md. Before the committee convened to vote, Mayor Bowser and D.C. Council members, along with about 100 demonstrators, gathered on the Hill to rally. The group reiterated the importance of achieving statehood to deliver full autonomy for the District. Later Monday, hundreds more residents attended a meeting dubbed #HandsOffDC, hosted by Ward 6 Council member Charles Allen, to strategize opposition to congressional interference in D.C. laws. “This is so much bigger than a bill,” atlarge Council member Robert White said at the rally. “If they come for our laws, and we let them … what will we have left?”

LEGACY: Family history explored

From Page 15

which also offers access to the garden, via French doors. This area features double-height windows with window seats; a fireplace with marble surround; ample closet space; and radiant heated floors that extend into the bathroom. For added convenience, there is a breakfast bar with mini fridge, two-burner electric range and microwave. The master bath blends old-world luxury with modern touches, including a king-sized whirlpool tub flanked by cedar closets; a separate glass-doored shower with 1-inch square copper glass tile backsplash and granite bench; a long granite-topped double-sink vanity; and a shaving station with a raised sink and elegant fixtures. (All bathroom furnishings in the home are from Waterworks.) There is a separate water closet with a commode and bidet. On the home’s two highest levels, the two apartments can each fetch about $4,000 to $4,500 in monthly rent — helping offset the property’s purchase price. Alternatively the new owner may choose to convert one or both of these levels into additional living space for the main house. With a walking score of 98, the Hornblower

From Page 3

The festival, now in its 19th year, bills itself as the oldest independent film festival in the city. This year, it will unfold over five days at various locations across town. Last year’s festival was spread over two weeks, but a continuous rollout works better for visiting filmmakers’ schedules, Evans-Pritchard said. For Carroll, premiering at the festival represents the ideal coronation for the film, which was funded in part by grants from the independent nonprofit Humanities Council of Washington, DC, in partnership with the D.C. Historic Preservation Office and Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, Carroll said. “It’s just such a local story and it’s such a community story,” said Carroll. “We knew we wanted to premiere it locally in a good community setting.” For viewers who want to learn more, Frank chronicles her mural documentation at Carroll said she’s learned a lot from her subject. “Even if you knew about that particular history of the neighbor-

hood, if you learn more about the backstory of that mural, you’re going to think a lot more critically about that piece of heritage in the neighborhood,” Carroll said. “Just opening your eyes and being more aware of your surroundings is something that is universally beneficial.” Frank might have a few more murals to document soon enough. In a few weeks, local artist Jarrett Ferrier will be starting work on a new mural celebrating Tenleytown history at Han Cleaners, 4425 Wisconsin Ave. NW, his project partner Stephen Voss told The Current. The mural will showcase the neighborhood’s Civil War past and feature images of Fort Reno’s concert series and area elementary schools’ logos, Voss said. Meanwhile, Pepco is planning to update the mural on the side of its Adams Morgan substation at 2119 Champlain St. NW. The utility has secured an artist who will accept feedback to inform initial designs at a meeting next Wednesday, according to advisory neighborhood commissioner Hector Huezo.

greatest theft in history, and it has been overlooked and people have struggled for an immense amount Co. transferred ownership to the of time to get their property Reichsbahn, the Nazi regime’s back.” railways. The company’s Nazi Gold’s own struggle for restituties had also involved insuring tion took six years, a grueling Auschwitz workshops. experience during which she “It was really an exercise in relied heavily on her husband, curiosity,” Gold says. “It was a Simon, for supchallenge — port. In 1996, and being a the German journalist I like government that — but I paid Gold and never really her family for thought it was the building, going to get effectively puranywhere until chasing it from I started them. Although researching the the process was case.” long and comThe Wolff plex, Gold story is much feels it was like those of pursued with other families good intenliving in Gertions. many in the “The Ger1930s. As mans have Gold describes, done the right the Nazi govthing by and ernment was large. The laws able to codify were put in theft through place, and if laws on owneryou can prove ship, which your case you made it easier can win it,” she and legal to says. “A lot of seize property people never or force its managed it, sale. Jewish and it’s a tragefamilies were Courtesy of Dina Gold dy.” forced from Dina Gold’s grandmother, Nellie As for her their homes Wolff, shared stories about the own family, and made to loss of the family’s Berlin what started part with their out of curiosity assets at a diz- building, shown in a 1910 became somezying rate, and architectural publication. thing more. many survivors are now far-flung around the The building that once seemed a world and unable to reclaim what myth became the focal point of a journey that honors her grandonce belonged to them. mother. Gold shared the story “People’s memories are tied with a wider audience in publishup with where they live and ing “Stolen Legacy” in 2015, where they work, and that’s lost with a paperback edition released to many people. It’s a much forgotten part of history,” Gold says. late last year. “I think I did the right thing by “The Holocaust was a genocide. It was unforgivable and unforget- Nellie,” she says. “She had told me those stories. I wondered if table, and it’s right that it should they were true. It’s gratifying, I dominate. You can never bring suppose, to know the truth and get back people. But what’s someto the bottom of this family story.” what forgotten is that it was the

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